ordinary seaman


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ordinary seaman

n. Abbr. OS
A seaman of the lowest grade in the merchant marine.

ordinary seaman

n
(Nautical Terms) a seaman of the lowest rank, being insufficiently experienced to be an able-bodied seaman

or′dinary sea′man


n.
a seaman insufficiently skilled to be classified as an able-bodied seaman. Abbr.: O.S.
[1695–1705]
Translations

ordinary seaman

n (Brit) → marinaio semplice
References in classic literature ?
But evidently, in the writer's mind, the only important intelligence was to the effect that his captain had, on the very day of writing, entered him regularly on the ship's articles as Ordinary Seaman.
And the ordinary seaman, wiping his mouth with the back of his hand, got up, clambered over the taffrail, and vanished.
JOHN SOUTER JNR, Ordinary Seaman, of Redcar Road, Thornaby.
Ordinary Seaman Douglas MacLean acted quickly on the Orlikon and expertly raked U-94's deck with gunfire--harmless to the U-boat's steel hull, but lethal to flesh and bone.
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.
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.
The starting point of the action, and a fundamental issue in the narrative, is incompetence aboard the Sephora that reaches from the commander to at least one ordinary seaman.
Ordinary seaman Michael Spencer said he had used his time ashore to take in as many sights as possible, visiting the "big cathedral" as well as several museums, before scouring local comic shops.
Nelson first went to sea at the age of 12 as an Ordinary Seaman on the HMS Raisonnable.
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.