with a hint of romanticism: "a thorough-going sailor with a touch of adventure, discovery; ploughing through the seas, telescope in one hand, sextant in the other and the other one on the wheel, etc, etc..""Mariner" is a formal or even literary word.
Mariner also carries the nuance of "marine" - associated with the sea, as opposed to inland waters.
We do not seem to observe that distinction in AE.I agree. That’s why some
job’sjobs' requirements are only using “mariner”.
Apparently, the Royal Australian Navy does not rely on sailing ships these days, so what do you call the members of that military arm?Another point here is that “sailor” tends to, certainly not exclusively, imply a vessel with sails. For example, I would expect to be laughed at on a yacht with the sentence, “You’re not much of a sailor are you!”. But if I was in a motor boat I would expect not expect “sailor” to be used.
Yes, I agree of course - they are sailors! My comment is certainly restricted to the particular context I referred to of recreational boating.Apparently, the Royal Australian Navy does not rely on sailing ships these days, so what do you call the members of that military arm?