I understand RN ships may have men ranked as Volunteer (1st Class),
Volunteer (2nd Class), or Volunteer (3rd Class). Would someone kindly
explain these ranks to me. The person of interest to me was first
appointed as a Volunteer (1st Class) on less pay than an AB Seaman but
rose to the rank of captain and so I assume it is a the early step on
the ladder of officers rankings but why Volunteer as they were paid.
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