Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Royal Naval Reserve, Representative Records of Service
This series contains a selection of the service records of the reservists, kept for the Admiralty by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen and its predecessor.
These records provide personal details and a record of training and service and of the retainers paid. In the 1890s different books were used for ratings who were on their first or second etc engagement and a selection of these has been included.
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Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, 1872-1992
A reserve force of volunteer seamen was established under the Naval Reserve Act 1859. The Admiralty controlled the Reserve and was responsible for its training. Merchant Seamen and Fishermen were recruited through the Shipping Offices at ports in the United Kingdom while the central record was maintained at the Office of the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen. Originally composed solely of ratings, the Reserve was expanded in 1862 by the admission of officers.
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