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[TSL] Mariner's careers
"David Railton" <railton.david@btinternet.com> on 10/14/2012

I am interested in 2 mariners who were similar in many ways but their
dissimilarities lead me to some questions that I hope someone on the list
can help me with. 

 

Harry Lewis was born in 1871. His home was across the Mersey from Liverpool
at Wallasey. He had a 4 year apprenticeship under sail with J Beazley & Sons
of Liverpool. If his records I have seen are correct it would appear that he
started his apprenticeship at the age of 17 and on completion sailed with a
number of other lines rising from 3rd officer to 1st. In the 1901 census I
find him as Chief Officer on the 'Oakmore' in Hornby Dock, Liverpool. Later
in 1901 he joined White Star Line and his first appointment was 4th officer
on the 'Tauric'. In 1903 he resigned from White Star and after that I lose
track of him until I find him in the late 1920s described as a master
mariner and travelling as a passenger on White Star Line vessels. 

 

The other one was Henry Lewis who was also born in 1871. His home was also
in Wallasey. He also had a 4 year apprenticeship under sail with J Beazley &
Sons of Liverpool. If his records I have seen are correct it would appear
that he started his apprenticeship at the age of 14 and on completion sailed
with a number of other lines rising from OS to 1st Officer. He also joined
White Star Line and his first appointment was also as 4th officer on the
'Tauric'. He resigned from White Star in 1902 after which I have no further
record of him.

 

These are definitely 2 different people. They must have confused their
employers; they have certainly confused me. 

 

My question is about their four year apprenticeships. Harry's started at the
age of 17 and trained him to be a ship's officer. Henry's seems to have
started at the age of 14 and trained him to be a seaman. I am not sure of
the ages they started; it is a calculation by working backwards from other
known information. 

 

Can anyone please confirm that these were the ages for starting these
different types of apprenticeships in those times. 

 

Would it have been unusual to go down 2 ranks when joining a prestigious
line like White Star. 

 

Also, does anyone know anything of the career of Harry after he resigned
from White Star.

 

David Railton

 

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