"a" junior deck officer


#1

Excuse me for my ignorance, as this is a very basic question.I know very little about ships and jobs. :

In a book, I read the following phrase:

The flowers were ceremoniously transferred to Janin, a junior deck officer, who delivered them and then sought out Claude Dessard.

Regarding Janin: what does “a” junior deck officer do? Is he like an errand boy or something?

In this case, Claude Dessard is the Third Mate (the junior deck officer).

Did I miss the point or is this just another case of a writer writing about something he doesn’t know much about?

Thank you,


#2

Master is the top o the pile of deck officers aboard ship and thus is the most senior

the chief mate is a senior officer and just below the master

2nd, 3rd mates are often all considered as junior officers although it isn’t really appropriate to consider any well seasoned mate as being a junior but they still aren’t senior either. The 3rd mate with the least amount of seatime is the most junior of the deck officers on a ship.

The absolute bottom of the pile is the deck cadet who is the lowest of lowly worms and needs to be kicked at every opportunity just because…


#3

CMA Decky…I think that if I were you I would PM C.Captain and find out who he works for and avoid that company at all costs…


#4

Nuts to you Shellback…it was meant with humor. I was a deck cadet once upon a time myself in the bad old daze when ships were steampowered and chief mate’s ate us for breakfast after their obligatory coffee and cigarette eye openers!


#5

I took as jest and even sent you a pm to that effect…I thought it was very funny and thought that CMA Decky would think so too…

I guess I’m not communicating things very well these days…We used to have a lot of fun in here besides the serious information that we all share…


#6

Eeeeeeh, watch me paste this pathetic palooka with a powerful, paralyzing, pointing, pachydermous, percussion pitch.

[RIGHT]-bugs circa 1952[/RIGHT]


#7

[quote=c.captain;9852]Eeeeeeh, watch me paste this pathetic palooka with a powerful, paralyzing, pointing, pachydermous, percussion pitch.

[RIGHT]-bugs circa 1952[/RIGHT]
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HAH! Perfect…have a good one Captain!:slight_smile:


#8

I agree with c.captain, mostly because the next time I’ll be stepping onto a commercial ship won’t be as a cadet :smiley: