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Merchant Navy uniform circa 1850 to 1880
« on: Monday 17 February 20 14:35 GMT (UK) »
Hello

Can someone tell me where I can find information and photos on the style of uniform worn by Merchant Navy First mate, master and Captain etc

Are there any good web sites for this type of info

MAybe a book title on the Merchant Navy

Is there a museum anywhere in the U.K. For the Merchant Navy

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Peter
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Re: Merchant Navy uniform circa 1850 to 1880
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 01 March 20 15:27 GMT (UK) »
It's a topic which would be split by the type of ship/shipping company.  Aboard passenger carrying steamers and liners there was more similarity to the Royal Navy, probably because certificated officers were frequently also officers in the Royal Navy Reserve and uniform would be worn by men with Masters or Mates certificates, engineers would normally wear overalls for their working watches but would have uniforms to wear in public or in the officers saloon.  Aboard deep sea tramp steamers (carrying general cargo to distant ports) things were usually informal and I gather that often the Master might be the only man aboard to have a uniform.  I dont believe that officers aboard Home Trade vessels would have worn uniform and havent seen photos of them being worn although I am certain that railway company steamer officers would be uniformed.

There is little written, you may have success with Liverpool and the National Maritime Museum at Grrenwich.

Photos can often be seen for sale on ebay of Merchant Service/Mercantile Marine ships officers in the pre-Titanic era.

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Re: Merchant Navy uniform circa 1850 to 1880
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 01 March 20 15:35 GMT (UK) »
I will try to attach some "cabinet photos"


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« Reply #3 on: Sunday 01 March 20 15:37 GMT (UK) »
Possibly having problems with duplication of naming with photos elsewhere on the forum, lets try again

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« Reply #4 on: Sunday 01 March 20 15:38 GMT (UK) »
And again ???