What is the origin of the term “Holy Stone”?

Q – What is the origin of the term “Holy Stone?

Holy stone: to clean the ship’s decks by scrubbing with an abrasive stone.

One of the more hated duties of the seaman during the golden age of sail.

The expansive hardwood decks were cleaned of dirt, blood and other accumulations by the backbreaking labor of buffing by a flat stone with a “hole” drilled in the center for a mop handle.

It is more likely that the “holy” in holy stone came from the sailor’s true feelings for the “goddamn” practice.

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