Reply To: Officers joining ships
The fact that Lapenotiere submitted an expense claim suggests he at least paid them in cash. Lt Lapenotiere’s expenses were £46 19s 1d, quite a large amount for a lieutenant whose basic sea pay was £7 per lunar month. Here is his claim for expenses.
Officers generally preferred to travel their ships by sea in another RN ship. In 1809 a lieutenant of the marines was asked about an event on board the Thracian and replied ‘ A: ‘…I was on board between a fortnight and three weeks I went on board the 22nd of Decr. I think for a passage to join my ship the Euryalus, and left her about the fourth fifth or sixth of January on her arrival at Spithead.’