Tasks and Duties
- Measures depth of water in shallow or unfamiliar waters, using leadline, and telephones or shouts information to bridge.
- Breaks out, rigs, overhauls, and stows cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear.
- Stands watch from bow of ship or wing of bridge to look for obstruction in path of ship.
- Steers ship and maintains visual communication with other ships.
- Steers ship under direction of ship's commander or navigating officer, or directs helmsman to steer, following designated course.
- Overhauls lifeboats and lifeboat gear, and lowers or raises lifeboats with winch or falls.
- Paints and chips rust on deck or superstructure of ship.
- Stands by wheel when ship is on automatic pilot and verifies accuracy of course by comparing with magnetic compass.
- Gives directions to crew engaged in cleaning wheelhouse and quarter deck.
- Maintains ship's log while in port, and stands gangway watch to prevent unauthorized persons from boarding ship.
- Stows or removes cargo from ship's hold.
- Relays specified signals to ships in vicinity, using visual signaling devices, such as blinker light and semaphore.
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