How to address captains
This pages details with the correct way to address a squadron member, written and spoken. This is based on a simplified version of real life in the time period. Please note that in character roleplay is optional on chat and voice communications and so these titles are also optional.
A commander of a ship, no matter his rank, was always referred to as 'Captain'. Therefore you may call another player 'Captain', whatever his rank. This should take the form of Captain Surname. This can be used for all players, including enemy captains. This may be used in either conversation or correspondence including after action reports.
Conversation: Captain Lewes, meet me in Port Royal
Correspondence: Captain Lewes and myself sailed from Port Royal on an easterly heading
Use of Sir
Although not strictly accurate, the short-end title of 'Sir' may be used when addressing all ranks. This is most useful when in a group using voice communications, when you are not sure who just spoke, but you want to acknowledge the order. This should also be used when addressing members of other societies. The female version is ma'am (rhymes with 'jam').
The squadron has eight ranks, each with a distinct form of address in both conversation and correspondence. Should you choose to use your own, or a fellow member's full title the following examples should provide guidance.
|Rank||Syntax||Example without Captain||Example use with Captain||Notes|
|Gentleman||Mr Surname||Mr Snaresbrook||Captain Snaresbrook||Can also use the post-nominal letters "Gent." after their name. "Captain William Fasting, Gent.".|
|Esquire||Firstname Surname Esquire||Nigel Hudson Esquire||Captain Nigel Hudson Esquire|
|Knight||Sir/Dame/Lady Firstname Surname
|Sir Hathaway Brown
|Captain Sir Hathaway Brown
Captain Sir Hathaway
|The surname alone is never used with Sir/Dame/Lady. Dame Mary Delany is "Dame Mary", NOT "Dame Delany".|
|Baronet||Sir/Dame Firstname Surname
Sir/Dame Firstname Surname, 1st/2nd/etc. Baronet/Baronetess Surname
|Sir Nathaniel Blatchford
Sir Nathaniel Blatchford, 1st Baronet Blatchford
|Captain Sir Nathaniel Blatchford
Captain Sir Nathaniel
|The surname alone is never used with Sir/Dame, same as with Knight. The post-nominal letters "Bart."/"Btss." can be used. Baronets receive a Baronetcy from the Crown.|
|Captain the Baron Davis
Captain the Baron Crowcombe
Captain the Lord Crowcombe
|The simple "Lord Surname" can also be used. Barons receive a Barony from the Crown.|
Viscount/Viscountess Surname of Placename
Viscount St Kitts
Viscount Allday of St Kitts
Lord St Kitts
| Captain the Viscount Allday
Captain the Viscount St Kitts
Captain the Viscount Allday of St Kitts
Captain the Lord St Kitts
|The simple "Lord Surname" can also be used. Viscounts receive a Viscountcy from the Crown.|
Earl/Countess of Placename
Earl of Northumberland
| Captain the Earl Wilmore
Captain the Earl of Northumberland
Captain the Lord Northumberland
|The simple "Lord Surname" can also be used. A female holding an earldom in her own right is styled Countess. Earls receive an Earldom from the Crown.|
|Sea Lord||Sea Lord Surname
|Sea Lord Fletcher
|Captain the Sea Lord Fletcher|
Captain the Lord Fletcher
In conversation Gentlemen and Esquires can be referred to simply as Mr. Surname. Knights should be referred to as Sir Firstname, not Sir Surname. Barons, Viscounts, Earls, and Sea Lords are all styled Lord, followed by either Surname or Placename as the case may be. Female Squadron members would be called as follows: Madame/Miss, Dame, and Lady. Some examples of the various forms of address are included.
Mr. Rooke engage with speed.
Thank you for your assistance Sir Hathaway.
You look well Dame Danielle.
My Lord St Kitts, what excellent weather we're having.
Excellent to see you Countess Dai.
Lord Fletcher the French are routed.
In writing letters, or forum posts, many Captains display abbreviations after their name and titles in their signature. These are to denote certain awards and/or orders of Knighthood and of course any titles held. First, Rank is taken into account, then awards. In all cases "Captain" is used. Unlike above, when signing letters the firstname is never used alone.
|Gentleman||Captain Firstname Surname, Gent.||Gent. Stands for "Gentleman."||Captain Mark Dampier, Gent.||Any middle names may be used.|
|Esquire||Captain Firstname Surname, Esq.||Esq. stands for "Esquire"||Captain Nigel Hudson, Esq.||Any middle names may be used.|
|Knight||Captain Sir/Dame/Lady Firstname Surname, KB
Captain Sir/Dame/Lady Firstname Surname, KT
|"KB" stands for Knight Companion of the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath
"KT" stands for Knight Companion of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle
|Captain Sir Hathaway Brown, KB
Captain Sir Colin Firth, KT
|Any middle names may be used.|
|Baronet||Captain Sir/Dame/Lady Firstname Surname, 1st/2nd/etc. Baronet/Baronetess Surname, KB
(Scottish version:) Captain Sir/Dame/Lady Firstname Surname of Placename, Bart./Btss., KT
|"Bart." stands for Baronet. "Btss." stands for Baronetess||Captain Sir Nathaniel Blatchford, 1st Baronet Blatchford (of Dalham in the County of Suffolk), KB
Captain Sir Anthony Dixon of Deanston House, Bart., KT
|Any middle names may be used.|
|Baron||Captain the Lord/Lady Firstname Surname, 1st/2nd/etc. Baron of Placename, KB/KT||No Abbreviation||Captain the Lord Leo Davis, Baron of Crowcombe, KB||Any middle names and Baronet titles may be used.|
|Viscount||Captain the Lord/Lady Firstname Surname, 1st/2nd/etc. Viscount/Viscountess Placename, KG, KB/KT||"KG" stands for Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter||Captain the Lord Gabriel Alexander William George Laurence, 1st Viscount Castleton, KG, KB||Any middle names, Baron, and Baronet titles may be used.|
|Earl||Captain the Lord/Lady Firstname Surname, 1st/2nd/etc. Earl/Countess of Placename, KG, KB/KT||No Abbreviation||Captain the Lord James Wilmore, 1st Earl of Northumberland, KG, KB||Any middle names, Viscount, Baron, and Baronet titles may be used.|
|Sea Lord||Sea Lord Surname
Lord Firstname Surname, Lord Placename, KG, KB
|No Abbreviation||Captain the Sea Lord Fletcher, KG, KB
Captain the Lord James Fletcher, Lord Edgcume, KG, KB
|Any and all held titles may be used. For the Squadron's purposes the Sea Lord is styled as an Earl with special privileges.|
Special Abbreviations not listed above, but that are usable in signatures (as long as the Captain holds the award) are shown below.
Used by all Naval Officers.
|RN||Royal Navy, an officer of the British Navy||Captain Dame Victoria Page, KB, RN |
Captain the Lord Gabriel Alexander William George Laurence, 1st Earl of Kent, 1st Viscount Castleton, KG, KB, RN, DSC, MC, NGM, SGC, GC, AC
|DSC||Distinguished Service Cross|
|DSO||Distinguished Service Order|
|CCB||St. George Citation for Conspicuous Bravery|
|NGM||Naval Gold Medal|
|KGM||King's Gallantry Medal|
Medals are usually placed after your name in this order: PvP before PvE, reverse order of issue. These are placed after orders of Knighthood. All awards may be found here.