Seaman (065) Enlisted Personnel

Performs a variety of deck duties aboard mine planters, tugs, lighters, barges, small boats, emergency rescue boats, repair shops, tow boats, crash boats, transports, freighters, and passenger ships.
Handles lines, ropes and hawsers when docking or anchoring ship. Fills fuel and water tanks. Operates and assists in maintaining deck machinery of ship to which assigned, such as booms, capstons, winches, anchor, windlass, lifeboat davit, and ramp. Steers ship under supervision according to compass bearing and rules of navigation. Stands watch on large ship, reporting approaching ships and hazards to navigation. Signals to other ships and shore stations, using semaphore signals or blinker lights. Cleans deck and quarters and paints hull, including scraping and sanding old paint.
May perform simple carpentry work, involving cutting and shaping of wood parts for decks and life boats.
Should know simple navigation, splicing, knots, rigging, semaphore, and use of carpenter's tools.

Alternate nomenclatures:

  • Able Seaman
  • Assistant Barge Captain
  • Barge Captain
  • Boatswain
  • Boatswain's Mate
  • Cargo Foreman
  • Chief Quartermaster
  • Deckhand
  • Motor Boat Operator
  • Quartermaster