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Second class masters certificate in the mid 1800's
« on: Friday 25 September 15 20:42 BST (UK) »
Wondering if any body can help, something I don't understand here. I am looking at a board of trade enquiry held in 1853.
The Government emigration agent is being examined.
Q. The master of this vessel was a certificated master under the old board of second class qualifications only.
A Yes, he passed under the old board.
Q. But it was a second class and very inferior examination
A. Yes

I have found the masters certificate of service of the captain No 51385 it says, Has been employed in the capacities of (first word looks like) upp mate and master 32 years in the British merchant service in the foreign trades. 11 of August 185/ which I assume is meant to be a one.

So when did the examination change? And was he a master before this certificate was issued?

Thanks for reading