Origin of deck hand
Examples from the Web for deck hand
A deck-hand tossed a cast-line to the steamer's deck, and Mayo promptly threw it back.
"Buck," called the mate to the deck-hand who was on duty forward.
"That's what my father told me; and he is a deck-hand on board of the Champlain," persisted Nat.All Adrift|Oliver Optic
He swapped his neat suit of brown with a deck-hand, and received some particularly unkempt garments.
"Yes, sir; three or four of us were on deck at the time, if there is any doubt about it," replied the deck-hand.