one man aboard to mend another

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chong lee

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The quote is from Treasure Island, by R. L. Stevenson.

Does "mend" mean "to relax the other one" in this context?


If the conduct of the men had been alarming in the boat, it became truly threatening when they had come aboard. They lay about the deck growling together in talk. The slightest order was received with a black look and grudgingly and carelessly obeyed. Even the honest hands must have caught the infection, for there was not one man aboard to mend another.
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