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Danny252

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Rank Help
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:09:42 am »
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol039of055/vol039of055_019_1.jpg

In the last paragraph, a mention is made of "V H Peabody, HC", although the C is rather questionable. However, I can't think of any rank that matches HC, and the rank abbreviations online don't list any such rank - widening it to any rank beginning with a H, the only things on Naval History are hospital related. A hospital rank seems unlikely, as the relatively small crew of the Albatross and low rate of injuries could presumably all be handled by the Surgeon - I'm not sure I recall seeing any crewmember suffer a major injury, nor are they likely to be involved in a shooting match, given that the ship's entire armament is 10 rifles and 9 revolvers.

Any thoughts on who he might be?

(The un-completed crew complement page, listing ranks, is available here)

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Re: Rank Help
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2014, 09:30:29 am »
Looking at first paragraph here: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol039of055/vol039of055_023_1.jpg, I think this might be A H S rather than H C.



http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/docs/abbreviations/Ranks_Navy.pdf shows AS as:
ABLE SEAMAN
and
APPRENTICE SEAMAN

http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq78-2.htm#anchor2603 shows AS as:
AS - Apprentice Seaman (until 1948)




Then again, it probably is an H...

http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/docs/abbreviations/Ranks_Navy.pdf:
HS1 - HEALTH SERVICES TECHNICIAN PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS
HS2 - HEALTH SERVICES TECHNICIAN PETTY OFFICER SECOND CLASS
HS3 - HEALTH SERVICES TECHNICIAN PETTY OFFICER THIRD CLASS

or Hospital Steward from the log.
http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq78-3.htm#anchorh: Hospital Steward - Changed from Apothecary 1898; changed to Pharmacist's Mate 1917.

They are in the laboratory :-\
« Last Edit: November 24, 2014, 09:48:23 am by Randi »