Origin of swabber
Examples from the Web for swabber
Under the swabber there was a temporary rate known as the liar.On the Spanish Main|John Masefield
I'm afraid the sea is too cold for me this morning, Mr. Swabber.Mr. Punch at the Seaside|Various
For the duty even of a swabber, he does not consider himself too high, but washes the deck most delicately clean.
There was no place on board for a 'waister,' a 'swabber,' longshoreman, or sea labourer.Merchantmen-at-Arms|David W. Bone