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From: "Robin Cox" <>
Subject: Re: HMS Cambridge
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 19:57:50 -0000
HMS Cambridge was an old vessel, a hulk, moored at Devonport and used
as a gunnery school by the Royal Navy. Can I quote from an article
from 'The Army and Navy Illustrated, May 14th 1897.:-
"The establishment consists of two vessels, the 'Cambridge'(which was
the Windsor Castle, renamed), and the 'Calcutta', moored bow and stern
andjoined by a bridge; a field on shore with necessary drill sheds,
etc; and various tenders."
The article extends to two pages and describes the workings of the
On your other queries, I don't know about 'Lg Sn', 'AB' is able bodied
seaman, 'Grs mate' must be gunners mate, 'Qr Mr' must be
Hope this helps, if you would like a photocopy of the article, let me
have an address and I'll post it on.
----- Original Message -----
From: "James Walke" <>
Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2001 10:11 PM
> Greetings List
> I found an individual in the 1881 Census on the Vessel "Cambridge".
His occupation is simply listed "Lg Sn"
> Others occupations are listed simply "AB" which I am assuming
stands for Able Bodied (?)
> What is "Lg Sn"? I at first thought it might be "Long Shoreman"
but the dictionary tells me that was the person on the warf who
unloaded materials. My thought is that such a labourer would have a
"home" address and that he would not be connected to any Vessel in
> Also listed as occupationgs on this vessel were
> Grs Mate
> Qr Mr
> Chief Grs Mate
> Would anybody know what kind of vessel the CAMBRIDGE was?
> Many thanks and of course Cheers
> James A Walke
> Guelph Ontario Cananda