after a Cp OED ~ 4 b 'hinder' naut.Comb after beam, ~ bunk: stout
transverse timber at the rear of a sled.
P 148-67 The after-bunk
[is a cross-piece at the rear of the catamaran]. C 70-15 Sometimes a boy would help
his father by using a second hauling rope fastened to the after
after gunner: at the seal hunt, a marksman hunting
old or mature seals, usu in a small boat; GUNNER.
1842 JUKES ii,
129 He has likewise his long sealing gun, if he is intended as a bow or after gunner, or,
in other words, as an expert marksman, to shoot the animals. 1877 TOCQUE 307 One pound
ten shillings for after gunner. P 213-54 The after gunner [was the] second man (less
experienced) after the fore-gunner.