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Help with Occupation Please
« on: Wednesday 04 March 09 12:09 GMT (UK) »
Hi

My gg great grandmother's brother was a Steam Ship  ???

Any help deciphering this welcomed

Jean x

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Re: Help with Occupation Please
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 04 March 09 12:11 GMT (UK) »
Fireman?  :-\

The term is still used today:

http://www.virginiav.org/crew.html
Fireman: The Fireman works under the authority of the Chief Engineer's license, and so doesn't need a Coast Guard license (volunteer opportunity!). The Fireman's role is to assist in the operation of the ship's steam plant and other machinery. The Fireman is also the primary oiler, keeping all the moving parts of the ship lubricated on a regular schedule.

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Re: Help with Occupation Please
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 05 March 09 20:33 GMT (UK) »
Hi Vela

Thanks for the suggestion and the link, fireman is a possibility.  It must have been a hard life to be a steamship fireman in the 19th Century!

Jean  :)


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Re: Help with Occupation Please
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 05 March 09 22:20 GMT (UK) »
Steam ship first officer ?

Compare the last letter with Labourer and Scholar above and below. To me it looks like the word 'first' has been squeezed in afterwards.

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« Reply #4 on: Friday 06 March 09 10:53 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Paula

Yes I see what you mean  R looks like W  :)