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Regulations for the Admission of Seamen into the Coast Guard Service

Their Pay, Allowances, and Rewards.


Admiralty, 13th June, 1831.

1st. All Seamen who may enter the Coast Guard Service from His Majesty's Navy are to be subject in every respect to the control, the discipline, and the regulations by which the Coast Guard Service is governed.

2nd. The vacant situations of Boatmen will be filled up from time to time, by Seamen, as Ships o! War are paid off; of which the Captain or Commanding Officer shall select a given number according to the vacancies, of which he will be informed, from the Ships' Company, of the men whom he shall judge to he entitled to fill these situations, and who may be desirous of entering this Service.

3rd. The Captain or Commanding Officer shall make this selection with the strictest impartiality, and shall transmit to the Admiralty, to duplicate, a list of the names so selected, stating them to be the men best entitled of the Ship's Company: together with a duplicate Certificate of each, according to the following form, one copy to be kept as a Record at the Admiralty, the other to be transmitted with the appointment to the Board of Customs.

Certificate for a Candidate for the situation of Boatman.

"These are to certify that A. B. has served under my orders ___ years.-

[Here state also his former services.]

That he has been sober, attentive, and obedient to command, and is a healthy, active, and good Seaman, not more than 30 years of age, nor under 5ft. 5in. high, and is in all respects fit for the situation of Boatman in the Coast Guard Service; and I consider him as ono of those best entitled to that reward, for good services, of any Seamen under my command who are fit for the Coast Guard and desirous to enter it."

4th. Seamen belonging to the Revenue Cruizers are occasionally be admitted into the Coast Guard ; and on their names being transmitted to the Admiralty, accompanied by a Certificate similar to the foregoing, signed by the Commanding Officer of the Cutter and the Inspecting Commander of the District, the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty will select out of their names a certain number, having reference to the number of Candidates from ships of War, and the number of vacancies to be filled up.

5th. The Scale of Pay and Allowances to be as follows:-

  England and Scotland Ireland
  Salary per Annum Day’s Pay Salary per Annum Day’s Pay
To a Chief Boatman £10 3s. £9 4 8 0 2
To a Commissioned Boatman, or Boatman £5 3s. £4 12 4 0 2

And the scale of the distribution of seizure rewards. according to the rank of those belonging to the Station or Vessel, who are present, or on duty, at the time of seizure, will be as under :

  Shares

Chief Officer

25

Chief Boatmen

10

Riding Officer

10

Commissioned Boatman

8

Boatman and Extra-man

6

6th. All Civilians appointed to the Coast Guard Service are required to contribute to the Superannuation Fund, conformably with the terms of the Act 8 Geo. IV. cap. 113 ; but Boatmen from the Naval Service. not being entitled to Superannuation, will not be called upon to contribute; and will allowed, in lieu of Superannuation, their time of Service in the Coast Guard to tell as Service at Sea ; and in the event of their being discharged as unfit for further Service before they have served a sufficient length of time to entitle them to a Pension, they will receive a Gratuity of One Month's Pay and Allowances for each year they shall have served; but no such Gratuity will be given, nor any time allowed, to men who shall be discharged for misconduct.

By Command of Their Lordships.

George Elliot.

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