Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Boy: Also cabin boy or ship's boy. A young man acting as a servant on a ship; fetching water; helping out with the cooking; cleaning etc.

Exerpt from A history of the United States Navy from 1775 to 1902: 'The captain of a frigate usually had both a steward and a boy who acted as his servants, while the lieutenants, purser, surgeon and sailing master were entitled to one boy each. The lieutenants of the marines were waited on by marines. One boy was allotted to the gunner, boatswain and a few others as a special favor, while a man and a boy were appointed to a certain number of midshipmen.'

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