Bilge free

Related to Bilge free: bilge water, bilge well
(Naut.) stowed in such a way that the bilge is clear of everything; - said of a cask.

See also: Bilge

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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On this signal, the officer-of-the-day, the master-at-arms, the supply petty officer, along with the butcher assembled at the door of the supply room where the rum casks were stowed, "bung up and bilge free." After unlocking a heavy padlock, the butcher would tap a barrel and draw off the day's total ration for the ship's company, transferring it to a big wooden tub with brass hoops inscribed with the words, "The Queen--God Bless Her." Five minutes before dinner, "rum call" was piped and each mess sent a sailor with a jug or "fanny" to draw the ration for his mess.