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Thread #43167   Message #631822
Posted By: Gareth
20-Jan-02 - 06:23 PM
Thread Name: Titanic and Olympic
Subject: RE: Titanic and Olympic
Les - There was an obligation on both Seamen and officers to remain part of the RNR after leaving the Navy.

Proffesional Seamen could join the RNR direct and I think it was true that the major shipping lines encouraged thier officers to join.

You are correct to say that RNVR were the weekend sailors - With no previous history in the Navy.

With the privaledge of a merchant ship, of flying the Blue Ensign (See a previous post) this could well explain the thought that the big White Star Liners were naval auxilaries.

The "Jervis Bay" & "Rawlapindi" sank flying the White Ensign - Not the Blue.