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    Is this term realted just to RN or Merchant as well?


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    I thought this was another gay pride thread when I read the title.

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    My grandfather was at sea from the age of 14 (1924 ) till he retired at 65, I remember him telling me that his job was a Donkeyman / Greaser but in the Royal Navy he would have been called a Stoker and that Stoker was the Navy's term for Engine room ratings.
    He was under RN terms a few voyages during the war and as such classed as a naval rating for the trip.
    Still remember seeing his seamans book, with the stamps of all the ships he served on, plus 3 with "Discharged at sea" stamped across the entry. They were the ships that were torpedoed from under him, and his wages stopped as soon as the ship sank!!!!!!!!!!

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    I hope this helps...

    Rates and ranks of the Royal Navy in ascending order:

    * Able Seaman
    * Leading Rate

    * Petty Officer
    * Chief Petty Officer

    * Warrant Officer 2
    * Warrant Officer 1

    * Officer Cadet
    * Midshipman

    * Sub-Lieutenant
    * Lieutenant
    * Lieutenant-Commander

    * Commander
    * Captain
    * Commodore

    * Rear-Admiral
    * Vice-Admiral
    * Admiral

    * Admiral of the Fleet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prefrab View Post
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    Still remember seeing his seamans book, with the stamps of all the ships he served on, plus 3 with "Discharged at sea" stamped across the entry. They were the ships that were torpedoed from under him, and his wages stopped as soon as the ship sank!!!!!!!!!!
    He managed to keep his book...

    My grandfather's one had an entry in the front about it being a replacement because the original was lost when he was torpedoed off the coast of Spain in WWI....

    Don't know about his wages at that time though...

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    The term 'stoker' applied to those shovelling coal into coal-fired boilers for steam turbine engines. I've never heard that it only applied to RN personnel, but then I only ever sailed with diesel engines.

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