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Lawrie Phillips
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There are entries on the origins of the Broad Arrow in The Mariner’s Mirror:

– Vol 1: pp 49, 139, 183, 217, 282

– Vol 2: pp 57, 88, 123

– Vol 5: pp 24, 59

– Vol 6: pp 220, 251

– Vol 7: p 188

Marryat refers to the Broad Arrow in Ch 3 of The King’s Own

“The broad-headed arrow was a mark assumed at the time of the Edwards as distinguishing the property of the King …. Every article supplied to his Majesty’s service is thickly studded with this mark, and to be found in possession of any property so marked is a capital offence”.

There is a mention in Holland’s Discourses of the Navy (Navy Records Society) p.238.