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    Ship’s Cook, as rendered in the 1861 Queen’s Regulations and the Admiralty Instructions and in an 1864 circular (No. 24 of 20 July) on Petty Officers pay, is listed under the heading of Chief Petty Officers in the foregoing, as a non-continuous service rating (2s. a day). Unless there’s been an egregious typo between 1861 and 1864, then at some point between the two dates Ship’s Cooks became eligible for Good Conduct Pay.

    I’ve had a look through my Circulars and Orders in Council but haven’t found much yet prior to the above. By Order in Council of 9 August 1872 a Cook Class was introduced for cooks who had gone through a School of Cookery at Portsmouth, comprising Cooks First and Second Class, and Cook’ Mates, First and Second Class.

    Also in 1861 were the non-continuous service ratings of Captain’s Cook, Ward Room Cook, Gun Room Cook, Engineers’ Cook, Warrant Officers’ Cook, Cook’s Mate, Captain’s Cook’s Assistant and Ward Room Cook’s Assistant.

    The original Circular No. 283 of 30 January 1857 on uniform for Petty Officers, Seamen and Boys didn’t make any mention of marks of distinction, but otherwise doesn’t differ from Circular No. 434 of 3 July 1860:

    Blue Cloth Jacket.—To be made of navy blue cloth, doublebreasted, with stand and fall collar, sleeves sufficiently large to go easily over a duck and serge frock, to reach to the hip, with an opening at the cuffs on the seam, with two small black buttons, one inside breast pocket on the left side, and seven black horn crown and anchor buttons seven tenths of an inch in diameter, on each side, according to a pattern.
    Blue Cloth Trowsers.—To be made of navy blue cloth, of the ordinary naval pattern, fitting tight at the waistband, with two pockets and a broad flap, and stained bone buttons.
    Cap.—To be worn at night, and at sea when ordered.
    The cap to be made round, of No. 1 cloth, and partially stiffened across the crown, similar in shape to that worn by naval officers, without the peak. Diameter across the crown, for men 10 inches, for boys 9 inches, with a ribbon bearing the ship’s name.
    A chin-stay to be attached to the cap.
    Badges.— Petty officers and leading seamen are to wear an embroidered mark of distinction on the upper part of the left sleeve of their jacket, viz.,—
    Chief Petty Officers …… Crown and anchor, encircled with laurel.