In 1823 an Act for regulating the number of apprentices to be taken on board British merchant vessels required merchant ships of 80 tons or more to carry a given number of indentured apprentices. The Act of 1835 required the registration of these apprentices' indentures. Five-year specimens of the copy indentures are held in the Public Record Office (BT/151 and indexed in BT/150). Samples for the years 1845 to 1848, 1850, 1851, 1853 and 1856 were acquired by the Museum in 1971.
These items require specialist conservation treatment and are currently unfit for production. Please contact staff for further information.
Unfit for production
Public records: records of the central administration of the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy