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when it can be proved the family are in distressed circumstances, or in other very
special cases.

10. On the expiration of their period of service apprentices will receive a certificate
of their character and conduct, the progress they have made in their trade, and in
the knowledge of the subjects prescribed for dockyard apprentices.
11. The pay of apprentices serving in the dockyards is as follows :—

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12. A limited number of apprentices who have passed five years at the dockyard will be selected annually by competitive examination for study at the Royal Naval College at Greenwich. They will remain there three sessions, passing the vacation each year between the 30th June and the 1st October at one of the dockyards.

13. Those selected for study at Greenwich must join with their parents or guardians in a bond for the sum of 250l. to serve under the Admiralty for seven years if required after the completion of their apprenticeship.

14. While at Greenwich, dockyard apprentices will be lodged, and will receive 1s. 6d. a day towards the mess. They will mess with the acting 2nd class assistant engineers.

They will receive pay as follows:

Those in their first year at Greenwich
Second and third years

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When at their own dockyards during the vacation they will receive their pay as above, but not the messing allowance. When at other dockyards the messing allowance will be granted.

15. If found well qualified at the completion of their course at Greenwich they may be sent to sea, in one of Her Majesty's ships, for one year, if the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty think it desirable, and will then be appointed supernumerary draughtsmen, and employed temporarily as assistants to the foremen of the dockyards, or in any other post for which they may be considered fit. In cases where their Lordships do not consider it desirable to send them to sea, they will be at once appointed to situations as above at the several dockyards.

N.B. The above regulations will be generally followed, but my Lords will modify them from time to time as may be considered desirable.

15th October 1878.



1. Vacancies for appointments as engineer students in the dockyards are open to public competition. The dockyard at which engineer students are entered each year will be fixed by their Lordships.

2. The list of candidates for these appointments will be kept at the Admiralty in London. All applications for the forms to be filled up by persons who wish to compete must be sent to the Secretary of the Admiralty on or after the first of January in each year, and care must be taken that the forms when filled up are returned to the Admiralty before the first of March following, as no notice will be taken of forms received after that date.

3. Candidates must not be less than 14 nor more than 16 years of age on the first day of the examination, and no exception to these limits of age will be made in favour of any candidate.

4. Proof of age will be required by the production of a certificate of birth. Evidence of respectability and good character must also be produced. All candidates. must be children of British subjects.

5. In any exceptional case where it can be shown to the satisfaction of the Admiralty that it is impossible to procure a certificate of birth, my Lords will accept a certificate of baptism, accompanied by a declaration of the date of birth to be made before a magistrate by the parent or guardian of the candidate. A certificate of baptism cannot be accepted under any other circumstances.


6. Candidates are to understand clearly that they will be first required to satisfy Engineer the Admiralty as regards their age, respectability, good character, and physical Students, fitness, before they can be considered eligible for entry into the dockyard, and Admiralty. if these conditions are satisfactory, they will then be examined by the Civil Service Commissioners in educational subjects.

7. Candidates in or near London will be medically examined by the Medical Director-General of the Navy at the Admiralty. Those residing near one of Her Majesty's dockyards, or one of the first reserve ships, or drill ships of the Royal Naval Reserve, or the flagship at Queenstown, will be examined by the medical officers attached thereto. Special arrangements will be made, if necessary, on application, with reference to candidates from more distant localities. The medical examination will be conducted in all respects in strict accordance with the instructions for the examination of persons for admission into the naval service. All candidates at the time of their medical examination must produce certificates to the satisfaction of the examining officers that they have been re-vaccinated, or they must be re-vaccinated before they can be considered eligible for entry into the dockyard. 8. The examination will commence on the first Tuesday in May in each year, and will be held by the Civil Service Commissioners in London, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Devonport, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dublin, Belfast, and Cork.

9. The following will be the subjects of examination, and the maximum number of marks for each subject :

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Algebra (up to and including Quadratic Equations)

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Geometry (the subjects of Books I. to IV. and Book VI. of
Euclid's Elements, and the definitions of Book V.)


Candidates will also be tested as to their ability to read aloud with clearness, distinctness, and accuracy, and without hesitation. Stammering, or any imperfection of utterance, will be regarded as a disqualification.

10. Candidates who fail to pass in the first four subjects (those marked with an asterisk), or in reading aloud, will be disqualified, and their other papers will not be examined. The candidates who obtain not less than 750 marks in the aggregate will be classed in one general list in order of merit, according to the number of marks gained, and will be eligible for appointment as engineer students in one of the dockyards, according to the number of appointments which it may be decided to make that year.

11. The candidates who obtain appointments will be entered as engineer students before the 1st July in each year, and must join with their parents or guardians in a bond for 300l. to enter, if required, into Her Majesty's Naval Service as assistant engineers, if at the expiration of their training they should obtain certificates of good conduct and efficiency for entry in that capacity. These bonds, and the indentures of apprenticeship, must be completed in all respects before the students join the dockyard.

12. The parents or guardians of all engineer students entered in future will be required to pay the sum of 251. a year for each student during the first three years of his training.

13. The first payment of 251. is to be made before the student is entered in the yard, and the second and third payments of 251. each are to be made on or before the 30th day of June in each of the two succeeding years. The payments are to be made to the cashier of the yard to which the student is appointed. In case of failure of payment the student will be discharged.

14. Board and lodging will be provided for engineer students, and they will be required to reside in one of the dockyards or in a vessel adjacent thereto.


15. The weekly pay of engineer students during their training will be as follows, provided they are well reported on by the officers :

First year

One shilling
Two shillings

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16. Three weeks leave (18 working days) on full pay will be granted each year to all engineer students whose conduct and progress have been satisfactory. This leave is to be taken during the school vacations at Midsummer and Christmas.

17. Engineer students will be under the supervision of the Captain of the Steam Reserve and a staff of competent officers, and subject to such rules and regulations as their Lordships may deem necessary.

18. Special regulations will be made for engineer students in the dockyards, so as to make a distinction between them and the workmen.

19. Engineer students will remain for six years at one of the dockyards for practical training in the workshops, and to receive instruction in iron shipbuilding, While the engineer students are being instructed in iron shipbuilding they are to be under the direction of the chief constructor. They will attend the dockyard schools for such periods, and to pursue such studies as may from time to time be determined on; they will also pass a portion of their time in the drawing office. Means will be afforded them of acquiring the groundwork of the knowledge required by a naval engineer respecting the working of marine engines and boilers, including those repairs which can be carried out afloat, the practical use of the various instruments used in the engine-room, including the indicator, and of becoming generally acquainted with the duties of a naval engineer.

20. Engineer students will be examined once a year under the direction of the President of the Royal Naval College. They will be examined by the engineer officers of the Admiralty at the end of the fourth, fifth, and sixth years of their service as to their practical acquirements and knowledge of steam machinery. Two prizes will be given annually at each dockyard to the engineer students most highly reported on as regards their skill as workmen. Practical engineering will be considered an essential subject at examinations, and in the lists showing the results of examinations the numbers obtained in practical subjects will be shown distinct from those obtained in educational subjects. No engineer student will be granted a qualifying certificate for entry at the Royal Naval College unless he obtains at least 50 per cent. of the total number of marks for practical engineering on his final examination, and also displays a competent knowledge of the subjects taught in the dockyard schools.

21. The examination of the sixth year students is to be held in time for the necessary certificates to be forwarded to the Admiralty on or before the 23rd June in each year, and it will include tests of their skill as workmen. Those found quali fied will, on the completion of their term of service at the dockyards, proceed to the Royal Naval College at Greenwich as acting assistant engineers on probation on the 1st October succeeding the examination, where they will pass through a course of higher instruction.

22. Those engineer students who fail to pass the examination at the end of their six years' service will be allowed to remain one year longer at the dockyards, and will then be re-examined, when, if they are unable to pass, they will cease to be eligible for the rank of naval engineer. The pay of a student during such year of probation will be the same as during the sixth year.

23. Engineer students will not be entered as acting assistant engineers until they have been pronounced fit for Her Majesty's naval service by the medical officers, and have learned to swim.

24. Acting assistant engineers will be provided with quarters while at Greenwich. During their first session they will be paid 6s. a day and 1s. 6d. a day towards the mess expenses. Those selected for further study will receive their full pay and 1s. 6d. a day towards the mess.

25. The period of study at Greenwich will be one session extending from the 1st October to the 30th June following. All will be examined under the direction of the President of the Royal Naval College on the completion of their course at Greenwich, and will receive certificates according to their merit, in three classes. Those who obtain first class certificates will receive commissions dated the same day as their acting appointments. Those who obtain second class certificates will receive commissions dated six months after the date of their acting appointments, and those who obtain third class certificates will receive commissions dated the day after their discharge from the Royal Naval College. The additional time given for first class

certificates and second class certificates will reckon in all respects as time served Engineer as assistant engineer. Students, 26. Two assistant engineers will be selected annually from those who take the Admiralty. highest place at the examination on the completion of their course at Greenwich, to pass through a further course of scientific instruction if they desire it. These two will be allowed to remain two more sessions at Greenwich, on the completion of which they will be sent to sea as assistant engineers, and after one year's service at sea they will be considered eligible to fill positions in the dockyards and at the Admiralty. 27. Those passing the second and third sessions at Greenwich will be attached during the vacations between the 30th June and 1st October to the dockyards or steam reserves, where they will be employed sketching machinery, attending trials of new and repaired engines, and gaining such professional information as will be most useful to them for the purposes of engine design.

28. No assistant engineer who has passed three sessions at Greenwich will be allowed to leave Her Majesty's Service within seven years of the completion of his term at Greenwich, unless he shall pay the sum of 500l. to defray the charges of his education. Such resignation to be subject in each case to their Lordships' approval.

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blue cloth.

thick double-breasted warm overcoat.

cap, peak half turn down, with usual device of the civil branch.
2 working uniform suits of blue serge.

8 buttons placed by 4 to be worn on the breast of the tunic, and a single
purple velvet stripe round the sleeve of the tunic.

Patterns of the several articles of uniform are kept and can be seen at
the offices of the Naval Commanders-in-Chief at Sheerness, Portsmouth,
and Devonport.

1 sea chest complete, with name in full painted on top.

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30. The above are to be provided at the expense of the engineer students, their parents or guardians, as well as all other articles of clothing and necessaries.

31. Copies of the authorised text books necessary for use in the dockyard schools will be supplied gratuitously to the engineer students, but all losses will have to be made good. The books will become the property of the engineer students when they leave school, free of charge.

Medical Examinations.

32. With a view to prevent parents and guardians from incurring the inconvenience and expense of preparing candidates for entry as engineer students in Her Majesty's dockyards who may be physically unfit for Her Majesty's Service, it is suggested that the candidates be submitted to examination by the medical adviser of the family, or any other qualified medical practitioner, to whom the following points may be submitted as those upon which they will, previous to their educational examination, be physically examined by naval medical officers.

33. It is to be understood that this private examination is merely suggested as a guide to parents and guardians, and to lessen the chances of disappointment, and that it is by no means intended to take the place of, or to influence in any way, the regular official physical examination.

34. A weak constitution, arising from imperfect development or weakness of the physical powers of the body, either hereditary or from chronic disease, wounds, or injuries.

35. Chronic eruptions on the skin or scalp.

36. Malformation of the head, with a dry, harsh, divergent state of the hair of the scalp, fracture or depression of the bones of the skull, disordered intellect, imbecility, epilepsy, paralysis, or impediment of speech.

37. Blindness or defective vision, as tested by Snellen's test types, in one or both eyes, fistula lachrymalis, and ptosis.

38. Impaired hearing, or discharge from one or both ears disease or thickening of the lining membrane of the external ear.


39. Disease of the bones of the nose or of its cartilages, and polypus.

40. Disease of the throat, palate, or tonsils; unsound teeth, offensive breath from constitutional causes, unhealthy gums, scrofulous diseases of the glands of the throat or neck, external cicatrices from scrofulous sores.

41. Functional or organic disease of the heart or blood vessels, deformity or contraction of the chest, flattening of the sub-clavicular regions, phthisis, hæmoptysis, bronchitis, dyspnoea, aphonia, chronic cough, or other symptoms of tubercular exudation into the pulmonary tissues.

42. Swelling or distension of the abdomen, undue obesity, disease or enlargement of the liver, spleen, or kidneys. Rupture, weakness or distension of the abdominal rings; vesical weakness, or incontinence.

43. The existence of any congenital defect, or of varicocele.

44. Any disease of or pertaining to the alimentary canal.

45. Paralysis, weakness, impaired motion, or contraction of the upper or lower extremities, from whatever cause; aneurism, a varicose state of the veins, especially of the leg. Bunions, distortion, malformation of the feet, or malposition of the fingers or toes.

46. Distortion of the spine, of the bones of the chest, or pelvis, from injury or constitutional defect.

N.B.-The above regulations will be generally followed, but my Lords will modify them from time to time as may be considered desirable.

18th November 1878.

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