In 20thC terms 'mariner' and 'sailor' tend to mean merchant mariner and a
sailor in the RN respectively, but in the 19thC you can't rely on that,
although it may well be the case.
It's also possible that he was in the RN for a time, and a merchant mariner
at others; people interchanged much more than in the 20thC; especially in
the 'lower deck' ranks.
For more info see http://www.Mariners-L.freeserve.co.uk
Dave Andrews Bristol UK
----- Original Message -----
From: briscombe <brisc30(a)turboweb.net.au>
Sent: 30 January 2001 21:22
Subject: [Dyfed] Mariner/Sailor
Can anyone tell me the difference between a mariner, a sailor or navy as
occupation. In the 1841 census for Pembroke my GGGrandfather was listed
as Navy, he was 55yrs at the time. On all other records he is referred to as
a mariner. Was there a difference?
Researching Pepperell, Mayne, Rogers, Southwood, Gibbs.