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Offline NormanE

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Royal Navy Baptism's
« on: Monday 14 December 20 03:48 GMT (UK) »
A friend, the child of a Royal Navy officer was baptised on one of HM ships in 1948.
They are puzzled why the baptism certificate has their mothers maiden name on the certificate. This was their third child and they had been married for 7 years.
Is or was there a reason for the mothers maiden name being used?
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Re: Royal Navy Baptism's
« Reply #1 on: Monday 14 December 20 06:41 GMT (UK) »
Looks like a  to me. Are you saying the father's name was not on the Baptism Certificate? See if you can track down the original "Parish Register" or whatever it was called in a Navy context because let us say another naval baby was baptized on land in Portsmouth then both father and mother should be recorded  by the Chaplain on land in the naval chapel in the Baptism Register. .

Another question would be whether the ship was in port as it would unlikely for the mother to be on the high seas on a Royal Navy Ship.

Perhaps the Naval Chaplain (on a Navy Ship) was not familiar with Baptizing a baby on board a ship,

And lastly the baby should be civilly registered at the Registry Office nearest to where it was born.  Get that certificate and compare that to see if there is anything unusual on that,   

Sorry about all questions and no answers.

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Re: Royal Navy Baptism's
« Reply #2 on: Monday 14 December 20 06:56 GMT (UK) »
Are you sure that the baptism as on board an actual ship, rather than being at a "stone frigate" shore establishment?

Would seem a little unusual to have civilians aboard a working ship?
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Re: Royal Navy Baptism's
« Reply #3 on: Monday 14 December 20 08:42 GMT (UK) »
One of my relatives was Baptised on board a naval ship.

Itís a very old tradition to have babies Baptised on board RN Ships.
Sometimes  called a bell baptism when the  bell is used as a font, and the babyís name and the date  is sometimes engraved on the inside of the bell.

 There have been a several baptisms on board submarines.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,† Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Re: Royal Navy Baptism's
« Reply #4 on: Monday 14 December 20 14:48 GMT (UK) »
I am glad that we have some answers to this rather complex question. Hopefully it can be resolved.

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Re: Royal Navy Baptism's
« Reply #5 on: Monday 14 December 20 14:57 GMT (UK) »
I suppose that it would be possible under normal circumstances (less the virus) to be Baptized on HMS Victory.