The officer responsible for all money matters in RN ships including the paying and provisioning of the crew, all stores, tools and spare parts. See also: purser.

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PURSER

The ship's officer in charge of finances and passengers

PUSSER'S POUND

The 18 Century Royal Navy purser was allowed to profit by 2 ounces on each pound (16 ounce) of goods he sold to the crew, hence the pursers short pound of 14 ounces.

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.

CHIEF ENGINEER

The senior engineer officer responsible for the satisfactory working and upkeep of the main and auxiliary machinery and boiler plant on board ship.

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