County Naval Free Schools on Waste Lands

By Capt. Henry T. A. Bosanquet, R.N. (Retd.), published April 1922


An ambitious scheme to provide boy servants for the Navy was proposed in 1783 to the Marine Society by Jonas Hanway, a notable philanthropist. His analysis of the work available on ships led him to recommend the acquisition of waste agricultural land, detached from towns and near water, and the building of self-sufficient schools in which boys of twelve would be trained in industrial and agricultural skills, sent to the ships at fifteen and qualify as Ordinary Seamen at eighteen.   Fifty such schools would be required. The Marine Society felt the scheme was too ambitious for a charity.

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Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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