The Old Poor Law and Maritime Apprenticeship

By E.G. Thomas, published May 1977


Tudor legislation, as amended from time to time until the dissolution of the Old Poor Law in 1834, made provision for the apprenticing of pauper children at the expense of the parish. Indentures and other documents show boys apprenticed to maritime trades, and bound to the masters of fishing vessels and of coastal ships. After 1756 boys placed in the Navy (usually with warrant officers), and in the Merchant Marine, often came through the Marine Society, which provided them with elementary training and an outfit of clothing.

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Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea

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