If a Navy sailor was thrown overboard and picked up by a ship from an ally's navy, did/how did they put him to work and arrange to get him back to his original ship?

I’d be interested for rescues by ships of the same naval organization, but I ask because on the one hand I can’t imagine a) warship having perfectly good sailors on board as freeloaders, b) a sailor being able to be put to work in anything when your ally might use a completely different measurement system, and c) just permanently keeping the guy on the new ship instead of getting him back to where he’s posted.


Hi RaptorMan,

Great question and a very heartfelt welcome to the forum. Let me/us know should any question arise.



well, it’s not WW2 but WW1 but maybe Brown can be of help.

A very good book BTW.