A member of the deck crew who is able to perform all the duties of an experienced seamen; certificated by examination and required years of sea service.



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BOSUN

The highest rating deck crew who is the supervisor of deck hands and is under the direction of the master or mate.

FIRST LIEUTENANT

  1. In the Royal Navy, the senior lieutenant on board; responsible to the commanding officer for the domestic affairs of the ship's company. Also known as 'Jimmy the One' or 'Number One'. Removes his cap when visiting the mess decks as token of respect for the privacy of the crew in those quarters. Officer in charge of cables on the forecastle.
  2. In the US Navy, the officer on a ship serving as the senior person in charge of all deck hands.

TOUCH AND GO

  1. The bottom of the ship touching the bottom, but not grounding.
  2. Stopping at a dock or pier for a very short time without tying up, to let off or take on crew or goods.
  3. Practice of aircraft on aircraft carriers touching the carrier deck and taking off again without dropping hooks.

BOATSWAIN

The highest rating deck crew who is the supervisor of deck hands and is under the direction of the master or mate.

STEWARD

A member of a vessel's crew involved in commissary duties or in personal services to passengers or other crew members.

BULKHEAD DECK

The uppermost deck to which the transverse watertight bulkheads are carried

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

BODY PLAN

A drawing showing the forms of the various cross sections, the curvature of the deck lines at the side, and the projections, as straight lines of the waterlines, the buttock lines, transverse elevations and the diagonal lines

CHOCK

A heavy smooth-surfaced fitting usually located near the edge of the weather deck through which wire ropes or fiber hawsers may be led, usually to piers

BRIDGE HOUSE

An erection fitted on the upper or superstructure deck of a ship. The officer's quarters, lounge are usually located in the bridge house

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