A mariner was a person who served aboard a merchant ship [commerical trade]
My husband is a retired sailor in the US Navy..He was a Navigator
[responsible for getting the ship to the right place]
Genealogy dictionary says "navies: excavators"
Mayhaps your GGG did both..
At 01:04 AM 01/31/2001 -0000, you wrote:
Deirdre Briscombe <brisc30(a)turboweb.net.au> wrote:
Can anyone tell me the difference between a mariner, a sailor or navy as
an 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?
I may be way off track here, but could "Navy" be a mispelling of
"Navvy" - the common term for a "navigator"? A navvy was a labourer
helped excavate navigation canals. Later on, the same term was sometimes
used for the labourers who helped excavate railway cuttings and
Just a thought...