As a result I got my rate as able-bodied seaman when I was fifteen.
One able-bodied seaman, busied with between-decks blubber, proved to be a medical man with degrees from two colleges.
They found that the pay of an able-bodied seaman in the British navy had lately been raised from 26s.
But a little, able-bodied seaman, six weeks ago at Kiel, gave him a thrashing in a Bierhalle till he wept.
The able-bodied seaman goes to sea all his life, but he never gets any nearer navigating the ship—and he a white man.
He received consignments of food; short rations they would be, he judged, for an able-bodied seaman.
His experience in the fishing boats was useful to him now, and he was soon able to do his work as an able-bodied seaman.