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Typical crew of an early 1900's British ship

Rank
Other name
Responsibility
MASTER
CAPTAIN
Overall commander of the ship
CHIEF OFFICER
1st MATE
2nd in command of the ship
2ND OFFICER
2nd MATE
3rd in command of the ship
3RD OFFICER
3rd MATE
4th in command of the ship
4TH OFFICER
4th MATE
5th in command of the ship (often a cadet)
 
 
 
SERANG
BOSUN
Head of the deck crew, responsible to the 1st Mate
TINDEL
BOSUN'S MATE
Assistant to the Bosun
SEACUNNY
QUATERMASTER
Helmsman of the vessel
CASSUB
STOREMAN
In charge of the deck stores
LASCAR
SEAMAN
2nd class Lascar (ordinary seaman), 1st class Lascar (able Seaman)
TOPASS
CLEANER
Responsible for maintaining a hygenic ship
BHANDARY
COOK
A Bhandary was often the indian crews cook
KUSSAB
LAMPTRIMMER
Responsible for trimming the wicks of the ships oil lamps (before electricity) and ensuring they were full of oil
 
 
 
CHIEF ENGINEER
1st ENGINEER
Head of the engineroom
2ND ENGINEER
 
2nd in command of the Engineroom
3RD ENGINEER
 
3rd in command of the Engineroom
4TH ENGINEER
 
4th in command of the Engineroom (often a cadet)
 
 
 
FIREMAN
STOKER
Responsible for tending the fire in the boiler of a steam engine
COAL TRIMMER
 
Responsible for all coal handling tasks starting with the loading of coal into the ship and ending with the delivery of the coal to the stoker
DONKEYMAN
 
Responsible for the running of the ships Donkey boiler (used for auxillury equipment)

 

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