• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Afterguard (Naut) The seaman or seamen stationed on the poop or after part of the ship, to attend the after-sails.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n afterguard In men-of-war, that division of the crew which is stationed on the quarter-deck to work the after-sails, etc., generally composed of ordinary seamen and landsmen who are not required to go aloft; hence, a drudge; one occupying an inferior position.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Afterguard aft′ėr-gärd the men on the quarter-deck and poop who work the after sails, not needing to go aloft: a drudge or person in a mean capacity.
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In literature:

The rear crew brought down the afterguard of logs to the pond.
"The Riverman" by Stewart Edward White
We of the afterguard are weary of this eternal buffeting.
"The Mutiny of the Elsinore" by Jack London
Go to the afterguard and say the same to them.
"Sir Nigel" by Arthur Conan Doyle
I joined the afterguard.
"The Mystery" by Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
The following day all the afterguard were turned on to shift coal.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
The social gap between this afterguard and Rose and her colleagues in the chorus, was not so very wide, but it was abysmally deep.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
Afterguard, muster your buckets and brushes and wash down the decks.
"The Rover's Secret" by Harry Collingwood
We'll find out who runs this ship, you or the afterguard.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
Hinkel had fallen down on his job and the skipper was scared of me, and it was me that put that Dutchman out of the afterguard.
"The Viking Blood" by Frederick William Wallace