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From the medieval Latin gromettus, a youth or servant in the British Navy. Gromets ranked above ship's boys and below ordinary seamen. They formed a regular part of a ship's company until in the 18th century they were rated as volunteers, second class. In the days when the Cinque Ports supplied fighting ships and men, gromets were the boys who tended the ships while in harbour.

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