Seaman FAQs:

Q: Is a seaman a naval rank and is either the lowest or one of the lowest ranks in most navies around the world?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a seaman the matelot in French-speaking countries?

A: Yes, and Matrose in German-speaking countries.

Q: Is a seaman the third enlisted rank from the bottom in the U.S?

A: Yes, Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, ranking above seaman apprentice and below petty officer third class.

Q: Is a seaman unique because it was created only for the Canadian Navy?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a seaman one who is fully trained and qualified to work on the decks and superstructure of modern ships?

A: Yes, and even during foul weather, whereas less-qualified sailors are restricted to remaining within the ship during times of foul weather — lest they be swept overboard by the stormy seas or by the high winds.