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Ship’s Carpenter

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When eighteenth century mariners spoke of the carpenters aboard ship, they were referring to the carpenter, his mates and usually several seamen rated assigned to work under his direction.

On naval ships, the carpenter was a warrant officer whose duty it was to examine and keep the ship’s hull, masts and all wooden parts of the ship in good order. He also had to account for the expenditure of stores for repairs issued by dockyard surveyors on behalf of the navy board.

Carpenters were highly skilled men. They usually began their careers in naval dockyards as apprentice shipwrights, and only gained a carpenter’s warrant several years after being admitted to the Shipwright’s Guild.

Naturally, ship’s captains would go to great lengths to secure an outstanding carpenter.


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Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields. Prepared by: Turnbull, P.
Created: 3 November 2001
Modified: 1 December 2001

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000111

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