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[*] posted on 7-2-2012 at 05:40 PM
Ships and Sailors


I know very little to nothing about ships. I have a basic working knowledge of them from a cruise to Alaska, but it doesn't span very far. My story is set sometime during the early 1900s - 1920s. Can anyone give me a basic idea of ships during those years? Any terminology and duties of the crew - specifically the captain? Thank you!



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[*] posted on 7-3-2012 at 09:41 AM


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[*] posted on 7-3-2012 at 11:27 AM


What kind of ship, where in the world, and what country is it from?



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[*] posted on 7-3-2012 at 11:53 AM


It would be from Ireland, just a standard passenger ship. Sorry I'm not much help!



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[*] posted on 7-3-2012 at 06:46 PM


The era you're looking at with a passenger ship coming from Ireland, have you tried looking at records and memoirs from the Titanic or Lusitania or something? There are lots of accounts from those and they're vaguely topical at the moment.



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[*] posted on 7-4-2012 at 09:03 AM


What sparked my interest was, in fact, the Titanic. I am definitely working on researching these. Thank you for the direction!



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[*] posted on 7-9-2012 at 01:54 PM


I went to see the SS Great Britain which I assume is from that period. Like the Titanic it had the sections for 1st and 2nd class, and for steerage (which i was more interested in).
You would have a lot of men who had to feed the furnaces, the captain has a couple of officers under his command who I assume do things the captain is too busy to do. there's your helmsman doing the steering, your lookouts, probably a mechanic on board as well. I would imagine there was either a bo'sun or another officer who had to make sure everyone did their jobs and didn't misbehave.

Sorry I can't give you more. But I only taught myself the basics I would need to write about a steampunk airship.




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[*] posted on 7-12-2012 at 05:14 PM


Is your story about the crew then? In that period, there would be a lot of service staff too - waiters, cooks, maids/cleaners. There were the wireless men too. They're very important. *is thinking and not doing so well*



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[*] posted on 7-13-2012 at 12:54 AM


I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for as far as terminology. I don't know much about ships from that time period. However, I assume the terminology like starboard, port, helm, head and so on are all the same. I'm sure if you look up things about ships and sailor slang you've found that much. I'd say look for visual dictionaries and books about (cruise) ships at a library or bookstore. Personally, I find the visuals the most helpful and I think information in a book is more likely to be accurate and complete than what can be found online. Here's one book that came up when I searched. Google also shows related books.
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