A merchant seaman is a member of the United States Merchant Marine, a fleet of merchant ships owned by civilians. These ships transport cargo in and out of U. The income of a merchant seaman depends on a variety of factors, such as the seaman's rank and experience. The earnings for entry-level merchant seamen are generally higher than those of other workers with similar education.
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A merchant navy or merchant marine or mercantile marine  is the fleet of merchant vessels that are registered in a specific country. On merchant vessels, seafarers of various ranks and sometimes members of maritime trade unions are required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers STCW  to carry Merchant Mariner's Documents. King George V bestowed the title of the "Merchant Navy" on the British merchant shipping fleets following their service in the First World War ; since then a number of other nations have also adopted use of that title or the similar "Merchant Marine". The following is a partial list of the merchant navies or merchant marines of various countries. In many countries the fleet's proper name is simply the capitalized version of the common noun "Merchant Navy". The British Merchant Navy comprises the British merchant ships that transport cargo and people during times of peace and war.
One of the documents found in a record for a year-old merchant seaman named William Hitchcock. Records of the U. Coast Guard, Record Group The public can access these records in two ways: through a request made via an offsite reference request with reproduction provided for a fee , or via onsite viewing at the National Archives at St. Louis Research Room.
Merchant seamen crewed the ships of the British Merchant Navy which kept the United Kingdom supplied with raw materials, arms, ammunition, fuel, food and all of the necessities of a nation at war throughout World War II — literally enabling the country to defend itself. In doing this, they sustained a considerably greater casualty rate than almost every other branch of the armed services and suffered great hardship. Seamen were aged from fourteen through to their late seventies. The office of the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen calculated that , merchant seamen were serving aboard British registered merchant ships at the outbreak of World War II and that up to , men and women served in the Merchant Navy during the war.