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The Deck Department
 

Leviathan’s crew was organized into three departments. The Deck Department was the smallest division with 100 to 120 members. It included the captain and his senior and junior officers, responsible for commanding and navigating the vessel; the purser and his staff, responsible for the ship’s accounts and administration; the surgeons and radio operators; various men to look after the vessel’s boats, rigging, and gear; and the lookouts and able-bodied seamen.

Navigating the ship
Navigating the ship
On this notebook page First Officer Giles Stedman wrote a reminder to look up various tides, information he would need as the Leviathan's navigation officer. Stedman joined the Leviathan in February 1927.
Commanding the ship
Commanding the ship
The captain and watch officers on the bridge communicated orders to the engine rooms nine decks below with telegraphs like this one.
Looking after the ship
Looking after the ship
The Deck Department in 1924 included six masters-at-arms, who looked after the vessel’s security and assisted with passenger safety. The markings on this badge refer to a lifeboat station.
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