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I just got this photo sent to me and I have no idea what they mean.


I know they are different locations on a ship.



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Wardroom has to do with officers.   All of the letter-numbers under give the location on the ship where they are.


Wardroom mess is where they eat.

Wardroom Stateroom is where they sleep.

Wardroom Lounge is where they hang out.

Head is the bathroom.

Galley is where the food is cooked (kitchen).




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23 minutes ago, manayunkman said:

Do those letter numbers give you any idea what kind of ship it is?




Today’s system starts with the deck number and the middle number is the frame number (how far back from the bow). The last letter indicates a living space. These signs would have been located over doors to those spaces and all come from the same neighborhood. I’ve never seen letters used to indicate decks on a Navy or Coast Guard vessel. Here’s an example from my last ship in the USCG.  


R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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