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The Midshipmans' Cabin
Funny_Bunny posted a topic in Guides - development forumOK Midshipmen, Here is a cabin for those boys new to the ship, where we learn what it takes to captain a vessel. I'm hoping this topic will become a nice Q and A area where we can bring our newest Midshipmen up to speed. First: What is a midshipman? A Midshipman was a boy of about 12 years of age, educated, and often of the upper class. His role was to learn how to be a good officer, and eventually a Captain. A Midshipman had command rank above most sailors, who were legally bound to obey the Midshipmans orders or face disciplinary action. Midshipmen however would merely face the switch if they failed in their duties. At the end of their stint as a midshipman, they could take the officers exam to become a lieutenant at age 18. How is a Midshipman different that a powder monkey? A powered monkey is a boy with little or no education from the lower classes, who carries gunpowder and is learning a sailing trade. Midshipmen served in their respective navy. They had a collective (very small) cabin aboard most ships. In the cabin they could work on their lessons, or relax in their time off. (I'm writing this as we sail between ports) Frederick Bunnington III