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Peter Leech

    At the time he entered the RN then you’d have been midshipman aboard a ship, rather than midshipman in the navy per se. Therefore if you were rated as midshipman in one ship and then that ship paid off, then if you joined another ship then you might not do so as a midshipman which would account for joining another ship as a volunteer.

    Additionally, if I remember correctly at the time qualifying and acting as a masters mate gave additional pay over and above that of a midshipman. As a career path his doesn’t strike me as being particularly unusual, especially given that he’d have been competing for scarce jobs with officers who served during the Napoleonic wars.

    At the time he could have joined a vessel in Malta, and he wouldn’t have had to go to England.