Sunday, February 8, 2009
If the ship is at anchor, ship’s tender will be used to ferry to and from the shore. The tenders are operated by the Quartermasters, who, at sea, man the steering wheel when the ship is underway. Quartermasters are experienced sailors who have been trained throughout their years at sea in steering the "big ship" as well as the ship's tenders. Sailors, making their way up to Quartermaster, start out as Ordinary Sailors (OS) to become Able Bodies (AB) and eventually Quartermaster. As an addition to the Quartermasters the Sailors AB with enough experience and skill will be driving the tenders as well.