The number of persons in a ship's crew, including officers.


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STATION BILL

A list which shows the vessel's complement and details their various duties in connection with fire and boat drills.

OFFICER

Any of the licensed members of the ship's complement.

DEEMPHASIS

A process for reducing the relative strength of higher audio frequencies before reproduction, to complement and thereby offset the preemphasis that was introduced to help override noise or reduce distortion. Also known as postemphasis; postequalization.

NIPPLE CHASER

A member of a drilling crew who procures and delivers the tools and equipment necessary for an operation.

WATCHSTANDING

The allocation of crew or staff to a watch.

COXSWAIN

The helmsman or crew member in command of a boat.

FLOORBOARDS

The surface of the cockpit on which the crew stand.

BAREBOAT CHARTER

An arrangement for the chartering or hiring of a vessel, whereby the vessel's owner provides no crew or provisions as part of the agreement; instead, the people who rent the vessel are responsible for crewing and provisioning her.

HUFFLER

A man employed to help the barges crew along tortuous channels or through bridges. See shooting a bridge.

MAN THE RAILS

To station the crew of a naval vessel along the rails and superstructure of the vessel as a method of saluting or rendering honors.

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