Naval Ratings

What were the naval ratings, in WW1? showing my ignorance, was Deck Hand the lowest and where does Able Seaman fit in? What were the others, starting at the bottom and going up, please?

Hi Wreckert,

I have a record of a man in WW1 who was on a minesweeper (a paddle steamer) and a deck hand, which, do you think, probably, explains the Merchant navy rank?


Thanks! So, it seems that my man was in the Merchant Navy, as regards rating. He joined the RNR on board a minesweeper, which had been a ferry paddle steamer until the Admiralty took it over for minesweeper duties. It's a bit confusing as his very first rating, according to his service record was "Boy Sig", which I believe was Boy Signaller and a Royal Navy rating. There's, obviously, a lot I don't understand!
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