Sailors regularly wore gold earrings so that if they drowned and washed up on the beach, the earrings would help as payment for a proper Christian burial.

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A sailor, mariner, seaman, or seafarer is a person who navigates water-borne vessels or assists as a crewmember in their action and maintenance.

The term bluejacket may be used for British or US Navy recruited sailors, the latter especially when deployed ashore as infantry.

Etymologically, the name “seafarer” preserves the memory of the time when ships were usually powered by sails, but it applies to the peoples of all vessels, whatever their mode of propulsion, and comprises military (naval) and security (coast guard) seafaring personnel and members of the merchant marine, as well as recreational sailors.

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