How to address captains

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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.


Simple Titles

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').

Full Titles

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.

In Correspondence

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/Dame/Lady Firstname
Sir Hathaway Brown
Sir Hathaway
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
Sir/Dame Firstname Surname, 1st/2nd/etc. Baronet/Baronetess Surname
Sir Nathaniel Blatchford
Sir Nathaniel
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.
Baron Baron/Baroness Surname
Baron/Baroness Placename
Lord/Lady Placename
Baron Davis
Baron Crowcombe
Lord Crowcombe
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 Viscount/Viscountess Surname
Viscount/Viscountess Placename
Viscount/Viscountess Surname of Placename
Lord/Lady Placename
Viscount Allday
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 Earl/Countess Surname
Earl/Countess of Placename
Lord/Lady Placename
Earl Wilmore
Earl of Northumberland
Lord 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
Lord Surname
Sea Lord Fletcher
Lord Fletcher
Captain the Sea Lord Fletcher
Captain the Lord Fletcher

In Conversation

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.

Signatures

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.

Rank Syntax Meaning Example Notes
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.

Abbreviations

Special Abbreviations not listed above, but that are usable in signatures (as long as the Captain holds the award) are shown below.

Universal

Used by all Naval Officers.

Abbreviation Meaning Example
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

PvP Medals

Abbreviation Meaning
MC Military Cross
DSC Distinguished Service Cross
DSO Distinguished Service Order
GC George Cross

PvE Medals

Abbreviation Meaning
CCB St. George Citation for Conspicuous Bravery
NGM Naval Gold Medal
KGM King's Gallantry Medal
GM George Medal

OoG Medals

Abbreviation Meaning
AC Admiral's Commendation
GVC Governor's Commendation
PC Parliamentary Commendation
KC King's Commendation

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.