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

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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.

COMPLEMENT

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

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.

PURSER

The ship's officer in charge of finances and passengers

ABSENTEE PENNANT

Special pennant flown to indicate absence of commanding officer, admiral, his chief of staff, or officer whose flag is flying (division, squadron, or flotilla commander).

BINNACLE LIST

A ship's sick list. The list of men unable to report for duty was given to the officer or mate of the watch by the ship's surgeon. The list was kept at the binnacle.

RADIO OPERATOR

The officer who operates and controls the shipboard communication equipment.

CONN

To direct a ship or submarine from a position of command. While performing this duty, an officer is said to have the conn.

DONKEYMAN

One of a ship's engineering crew. Often a crewman responsible for maintaining a Steam donkey, or any machinery other than the main engines. On some ships, the Petty Officer in charge of engine room ratings.

HAWSEPIPER

A merchant ship's officer who began their career as an unlicensed merchant seaman, and so did not attend a traditional maritime academy to earn their officer's license.

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