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  1. On warships and merchant ships, those members of a ship's company who are not officers
  2. On merchant vessels with no formal chain of command, those persons who are not the captain/skipper or passengers.


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SHIP'S COMPANY

The crew of a ship.

CHAIN LOCKER

A compartment for the stowage of anchor chain

LIGHT DISPLACEMENT

The displacement in tons of the ship complete with all outfit, equipment, and machinery on board but excluding all fuel, water in tanks, cargo, stores, passengers, dunnage, and the crew and their effects. The light condition displacement includes the lubricating oil for the machinery and water in the boilers at steaming level. Also called light weight.

CHAIN STOPPER

A device used to secure the chain cable when riding at anchor, thereby relieving the strain on the windlass

COMPANIONWAY

An access way in a deck, with a ladder leading below, for the use of the crew

DEADWEIGHT

The total weight in tons (2240 lb.) that a ship carries on a specified draft including fuel, water in tanks, cargo, stores, passengers, baggage, crew and their effects, but excluding the water in the boilers. It is the difference in weight between a vessel when it is fully loaded and when it is empty measured by the water it displaces.

CHAIN PIPE

Pipe for passage of chain from windlass to chain locker

LIGHT WEIGHT

The displacement in tons of the ship complete with all outfit, equipment, and machinery on board but excluding all fuel, water in tanks, cargo, stores, passengers, dunnage, and the crew and their effects. The light condition displacement includes the lubricating oil for the machinery and water in the boilers at steaming level. Also called light weight.

FATHOM

A measure of length, equivalent to 6 linear feet, used for depths of water and lengths of anchor chain

BUCKLER

A portable cover secured over the deck opening of the hawsepipes and the chain pipes to restrict the flow of water through the openings

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