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English translation: Able-Bodied Helmsman

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English term or phrase:AB Helmsman
English translation:Able-Bodied Helmsman
Entered by: Paula Vaz-Carreiro
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20:10 Dec 5, 2004
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Ships, Sailing, Maritime
English term or phrase: AB Helmsman
"...the master, who was accompanied on the bridge by an AB helmsman, was advised by the pilot embarked in a cutter, that in view of the conditions, he would board at the harbour entrance..."

What does "AB" stand for?
Luca Tutino
Italy
Local time: 00:44
able-bodied seaman
Explanation:
I had heard it before, somewhere, but I have just checked the Collins and it confirms it.

(usually is a.b.)

HTH

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Note added at 1 hr 51 mins (2004-12-05 22:01:30 GMT)
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able-bodied seaman (n.) an ordinary seaman, esp. one in the merchant navy, who has been trained in certain skills. Also: able seaman
Abbrevs.: AB, a.b.
(Collins)

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Note added at 1 hr 52 mins (2004-12-05 22:02:42 GMT)
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[I had meant to add that earlier and completely forgot! D\'ho!]
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Paula Vaz-Carreiro
Local time: 23:44
Grading comment
Thank you! (Grading immediately as I am now in need to ask the new question "BA supply", same context.)
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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5 +5able-bodied seaman
Paula Vaz-Carreiro


  

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11 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +5
ab helmsman
able-bodied seaman


Explanation:
I had heard it before, somewhere, but I have just checked the Collins and it confirms it.

(usually is a.b.)

HTH

--------------------------------------------------
Note added at 1 hr 51 mins (2004-12-05 22:01:30 GMT)
--------------------------------------------------

able-bodied seaman (n.) an ordinary seaman, esp. one in the merchant navy, who has been trained in certain skills. Also: able seaman
Abbrevs.: AB, a.b.
(Collins)

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Note added at 1 hr 52 mins (2004-12-05 22:02:42 GMT)
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[I had meant to add that earlier and completely forgot! D\'ho!]

Paula Vaz-Carreiro
Local time: 23:44
Native speaker of: Native in PortuguesePortuguese, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Thank you! (Grading immediately as I am now in need to ask the new question "BA supply", same context.)

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Richard Benham: It doesn't actually mean he is physically fitter than an OS (Ordinary Seaman), just one step up the hierarchy.
1 hr
  -> That's right! And thanks Richard.

agree  Anna Maria Augustine at proZ.com
1 hr
  -> Thanks Anna

agree  Derek Gill Franßen
1 hr
  -> Thanks Derek

agree  airmailrpl: able-bodied Helmsman. ...www.coldnorth.com/memoryicon/ adventure/adventure_omniscience.htm
3 hrs
  -> Thanks for the agree and the extra info.

agree  Saleh Chowdhury, Ph.D.
11 hrs
  -> Thanks Saleh
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