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Petty Officer

Petty officers were not officers in the common sense of the word, but men chosen by a captain from amongst the able-bodied seamen aboard his ship to undertake particular duties. They were generally seamen particularly skilled in some aspect of working the ship, such as the boatswain’s mates, or seamen who could supervise the unfurling or gathering in of sails on the ships higher yards. However, gunners’ mates, and craftsmen such the carpenter’s mate, were also commonly rated as petty officers.

Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields. Prepared by: Turnbull, P.
Created: 28 October 2001
Modified: 1 December 2001

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000107

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