Training and Education in the Elizabethan Maritime Community, 1585-1603

By Cheryl A. Fury, published May 1999


Credit: NMM PAF7906

Apprenticeship at sea served the usual Elizabethan goals of technical education and social discipline.   There was no formal seamen’s guild to regulate marine apprenticeship, but examinations were proposed to mirror those used in Spain. Instead inertia maintained the individual decisions made by mariners to train the young. There was a legal basis for apprentices, where parents paid a premium and gave up their son’s contribution to the family income. This introduced the son to a wider social world. The limitations of this system are discussed.

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Filed under: Tudors | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea

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