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Post Chain of command
Here's another trivia question from me.
Chain of command, after the commission officers & master(s):
In the 1790 Regulations & Instructions it says command devolves next to bosun, gunner, carpenter...
The 1812 Sea Gunner's Vade Mecum says it's gunner, bosun, carpenter.
So, which is right? This is another stupid detail which I really need to sort out. Either everything is fine as the plot stands, or a little bit of contriving is required. To complicate things, I am in 1796, so was the order changed at some point between these 2 documents?

IS there a newer Reg. & Instr. after 1790, that they would have been using in '96, or was that the latest edition?

And by the way, where did the midshipmen figure in this heirarchy? If I recall they are not mentioned in either book.
I am stalled and would appreciate being able to delete these questions from my manuscript and get on with it!!! :mrgreen:
Thanks for any help.

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Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:59 am
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Post Re: Chain of command
The 1806 Regulations and Instructions are at:

http://books.google.com/books?id=iQAHAA ... 08&f=false

Pages 40/41 will give you the order of precedence - midshipmen come below Master's Mates. Page 78 refers to boat Flags.

I cannot help with any variations which may have been introduced by Admiralty Order in the period before 1806. However, it is probable that many of the amendments introduced in 1806 merely codified the contemporary practice.


Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:10 am
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Post Re: Chain of command
Thanks.
Well, that's 2 votes for gunner over bosun, & one for bosun first. So either there is a typo in the 1790 book, or they swapped these positions at some point in the intervening years. Unfortunately I have a bosun who needs to know if he's in charge or not!
Anyone have any more ideas?

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Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:08 am
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