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From: Paul Benyon <>
Subject: [MAR] Carpenter's Crew, 2nd Class
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:16:13 +0100


Following the recent discussion on Shipwrights and Carpenters have
just happened upon the following Circular published as dated, which
sets the ball rolling for the training of Boys to become a part of the
Carpenters' Crew :

Circular 16.-M.
Admiralty 6th June 1866

A ship having been appropriated for training a limited number of Boys,
to be hereafter employed as Carpenters' Crews for Her Majesty's Navy,
my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty have been pleased to establish
a new rating of:

Carpenter's Crew, 2nd Class,

with the pay of one shilling and three pence a-day, to be given to
such Apprentices under training on their attaining the age of 18.

These Artificers will be sent to sea at the age of 19, and are to be
rated as Carpenter's Crew, if found qualified, after one year's
service ; but if not sufficiently advanced in their trade, they are to
be continued under instruction in the 2nd Class until they reach the
age of 21.

By Command of Their Lordships

T.G. Baring

To all Commanders-in-Chief &c.

Source: Navy List for June 1870

I guess one has to ignore the fact that more and more ships were being
built with steel by this time, although many would probably still use
some wood in their construction for another 20 or so years ?

Paul


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