Ship’s Company of H.M.S. Surprise


Geoff Hunt brings to life a typical ship’s company for a fifth-rate at about the maximum establishment of 200. The captain and the three lieutenants (naval and marine) are the only commissioned officers. The principal warrant officers were the master, purser, surgeon, boatswain, gunner, carpenter and the cook; of whom the master, purser and surgeon were regarded as gentlemen, and together with the lieutenants formed the company of the wardroom.

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