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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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.

BOSUN

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.

DECK

A platform in a ship corresponding to a floor in a building

SHEER STRAKE

The course of shell plating at strength deck level

QUARTERS BILL

A vessel's station instruction listing the duties of crew persons.

ACTION STATIONS

  1. An announcement made aboard a naval warship to signal the crew to prepare for battle, imminent damage, or a damage emergency (such as a fire).
  2. Specific positions in a naval warship to which one or more crew are assigned when battle stations is called.

DECK HOUSE

Small superstructure on the top deck which contains the steering wheel and other navigational instruments.

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