ordinary seaman


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ordinary seaman

a seaman of the lowest rank, being insufficiently experienced to be an able-bodied seaman
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Overall, however, this is a well-framed book in the sense that it draws its boundaries in an unusually interesting manner, bringing fictional and nonfictional texts into dialogue with each other and extending the usual range of Caribbean criticism in order to introduce understudied novels like The Ordinary Seaman. Following in the wake of such scholars as Elizabeth DeLoughrey (2007, 2010) and Steven Mentz (2009), the end product offers a fine Caribbean contribution to the developing field of "blue cultural studies."
In mid-December 1944 I received my seaman's passport and documents and, after reporting to the Sailors' Union of the Pacific [a labor union] for a ship, I was assigned to the SS James Whitcomb Riley, a Liberty ship, for duty as an ordinary seaman. I was assigned to the 4-to-8 [o'clock] watch section, which had two older professional seamen in it who didn't exactly like my wearing a navy type of uniform when I went ashore on liberty.
(3) If the tales were consistent with what we now know from various sources of the time, the story was as follows: Aboard the Cutty Sark there was personal animosity between the first mate, John Anderson, and an ordinary seaman, John Francis.
At right, Bosun Patrick Hennessy (left) and Ordinary Seaman Patrick Neumann get set to send the turtle off into the Pacific, where it swam away.
While he claimed his first turn as crew on an ocean-going vessel was on a Nantucket scalloper, under the command of Rick Kotalac (who to the end of his life Mike referred to as his first "Captain"), Mike first sailed on a commercial vessel out of Houston, Texas in 1982, and worked regularly on commercial vessels as an Ordinary Seaman until he completed his degree at Brazosport and earned his ABS license.
It is likely that many started out very young, as ships' boys, though most probably did not progress beyond the level of ordinary seaman. A minority gained apprenticeships (often through family connections), which could be a route to officer status.
I have written an article on my involvement with the discovery of an unknown First Fleet Journal--this time by an ordinary seaman on HMS Sirius.
The molecular conditions that underlie transnationalism and transmigrant experiences become the central problematic in Francisco Goldman's The Ordinary Seaman. At odds in this novel are the constricting forces of United States capitalism gone rogue (if this is not redundant) and the material needs and desires of a group of enslaved immigrants aboard a dilapidated merchant vessel.
his sea career, rising up the ranks from ordinary seaman, to mate and
'There were actually two Welshmen named Griffith Owen at the Battle of Trafalgar, but only one on HMS Conqueror, a 24-year-old ordinary seaman, entered in the muster list as 'Griffin Owen'.
Upon completing Long Night, Goldman admits his personal life was something of a "shipwreck." (Impulsively he had entered into a marriage not destined to last long.) Drained emotionally by the ceaseless tragedies he had witnessed, he decided to move to Mexico City to tackle a new novel, The Ordinary Seaman (1997), based on material he had accumulated over a thirteen-year span.
Geoff became an Ordinary Seaman at the age of 18 and very quickly moved on to become an Able Seaman, third class, aboard HMS Vanity.