able-bodied seaman


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able-bodied seaman

an ordinary seaman, esp one in the merchant navy, who has been trained in certain skills
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Essentially, Sailors who have completed SA Training, Recruit Training, Lookout and Helmsman final PQS and having at least one year of sea duty for every five years of service, and five years of cumulative Navy sea duty, need only to complete Immersion Suit Training and USCG Lifeboatman certification to apply for an Able-Bodied Seaman rating.
Peter Emdall, now 92, shipped in Kobenhavn as an able-bodied seaman during her second circumnavigation in the mid-1920s and had charge of the foremast on the port watch.
At seventeen he shipped as an able-bodied seaman aboard a sealing schooner bound for the Northwest Pacific, subsequently winning $25 first prize in a contest sponsored by the San Francisco Morning Call for his "Story of a Typhoon off the Coast of Japan." At eighteen he joined Kelly's Army--the Western contingent of General Jacob Coxey's Army of the Unemployed--in its March on Washington to protest the economic depression of 1893-94 but left the Army at Hannibal, Missouri, to hobo his way to the Midwest and the East Coast, was arrested as a vagrant in Niagara and served thirty days in the Erie County Penitentiary.