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    Question Request for help re. ratings

    I have recently acquired a copy of the CR1 card for a relative I have been researching who joined the Merchant Navy in 1927. In the rating section it states O.S. & W.W. - Can anyone throw any light on the meaning of W.W. ?
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    Hi Roy and welcome,
    Could you post it please for context?
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    Hi Hugh

    I have attached a copy of the front of the CR1.

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    Hi Roy,
    First time I have every seen that on a CR1 and I have seen a lot.

    Same thing on his CR2 in case you don't have it. I will see if I can dig out any further on it.


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    Default Re: Request for help re. ratings

    Ordinary Seaman ???
    • Ordinary Seaman (OS)


    Ratings in the Merchant Navy (United Kingdom) - Wikipedia

    Could the other be something Wiper ??

    Ratings

    • Motorman
    • Fitter
    • Wiper
    • Oiler
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    Yes the O.S. is obvious but the other is not.

    I don't think any of those fit Vernon - you have to think of the era that he was serving - 1920's. He was an ordinary seaman so whatever it is, is associated with seamanship rather than engine-room, oil and water and all that.
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    Assume it is WW which is hard to fathom ?could it be wireless something or something. wireless ? In the 1920s would think it was still called under those terms. ? JS
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    Silly as it seems could it have been Water waiter?
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    If had been Rinty Monaghan in his early career maybe welter weight ? sailed with his brother. JS PS my 21 st birthday as well JS .
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    Wood Winch operator?

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