A.B - Able(-bodied) seaman

rolmich

Senior Member
french (France)
Hello everybody,
Quote from Mutiny on the Bounty from Ch Nordhoff and J Norman Hall :
Do you think war with France is likely? I asked.
War with France is always likely, he replied smiling. If I were an A.B I should curse the thought of any war.
Could you tell me the meaning of the initials in bold?
Thanks in advance for your help.
 
  • petit1

    Senior Member
    français - France
    It could be "Able Seaman".
    According to Wikipedia
    Able seaman was originally entered using the abbreviation AB instead of the more obvious AS in ships' muster books or articles.
     
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