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Pensions to Seamen



The following information, extracted from the Regulations as to Pensions, is published for information ; but it must be understood that all pensions &c., are given at the discretion of the Admiralty, and that no man has any right to pension on account of apparent eligibility under the rules herein published.

NAVAL PENSIONS.

Long Service Pensions are granted to Continuous Service Men after 20 years' service from the age of 18; to Noncontinuous Service Men after 21 years' service from the age of 20.

The following scale is adopted in awarding the ordinary amount of Long Service Pensions to Petty Officers and Seamen of the Fleet:

       s    d        
1 Men to whom only the Ordinary Pension is awarded 0 10 a day.
2 Men with 1 good-conduct badge 0 10 a day.
3 Men with 2 good-conduct badges 0 11 a day.
4 Men with 3 good-conduct badges 1 0 a day.
5       Men whose character for the whole period of their service is recorded as "very good," and who have 3 good conduct badges 1 1 a day.
6 Men whose character for the whole period of their service is recorded as "very good," but who are not entitled to wear good-conduct badges 0 11 a day.
7 Men to whom the Good Conduct Medal is awarded 0 1 In addition
8 For every 3 years' service with good character after completing time for Pension 0 1d. a day But the maximum Pension for Service, Badges Character and Medal, not to exceed 1s. 2d. a day.
  * Petty Officers, in addition to the rates of Pension awarded them as seamen, are allowed for each year's service in the capacity of superior Petty Officer 15 2 a year
  Inferior ditto 7 7 a year

* The above rates are doubled in the case of continuous service Petty Officers pensioned after 15 or 20 years' service vice, provided they shall have served for one continuous period of not less than TEN YEARS, and shall be discharged from continuous service with the rating of Petty officers, and their characters in such rating shall have been VERY GOOD for the last year of their service.

Where a man has received an injury on duty not incapacitating him for service, a small addition can be made to his long-service pension, or a gratuity may be awarded.

The time during which a man may have borne an indifferent or bad character is forfeited.

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Men discharged the service on account of injuries and wounds, or disability attributable to the service (except rupture), are pensioned on the following scale:

    s d   s d  
Having lost 2 limbs, or being otherwise severely wounded or hurt, so as to require the care and attendance of another person From 1 6 to 2 0 a day.
Having lost l limb, or being otherwise severely wounded or hurt, but not requiring the care of another person From 1 0 to 1 6 a day.
For less injury than the foregoing, and able to contribute in a small degree to his own livelihood From 0 9 to 1 0 a day.
If able to contribute materially to his livelihood though unfit for further service From 0 6 to 0 9 a day.
If totally blind from unavoidable causes, clearly attributable to the service         0 3 a day in addition

The usual allowance for Petty Time is given in addition to the above rates, and is doubled in the case of Continuous Service men holding Petty Officers' ratings, and having "very good" characters in their last ship, irrespective of the length of their continuous service.

The allowance for Badges and Medals is also given, as in the case of Long Service Pensions.

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Men discharged the service for rupture are pensioned the following scale :

Under 10 years' service for single ruptures. 6d. a day at the rate of three months' Pension for each year of service.
Above ditto do 6d. a day for Life.
For double rupture 6d. a day for Life.
The usual allowance for Petty Time Badges and Medal given as in injury cases.

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Men discharged the service for disability contracted in the Service, and not from want of proper care :

Under 14 years' service if not able to contribute materially to their livelihood 6d. a day for not more than 3 years, at the rate of 3 months pension for each year of service.
If able to contribute materially Gratuities at the rate of 1 for each year of service, except in special cases, where pensions may be awarded.
Continuous Service men with 10 years' continuous service 6d. a day for Life.
After 14 years' Service 6d. to 9d. a day for Life, or gratuities, at the discretion of the Admiralty.

The allowance for Petty Time is given, in addition to the above rates and is doubled in the case of Continuous Service men, after 15 years' service, if their character in their last ship has been very good, and they are discharged with Petty Officers ratings.

The allowance for Badges and Medal is also given, as in the case of Long Service Pensions.

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General Rules as to Pensions

No man can receive two pensions at the same time, except in the case of Naval and Greenwich Hospital Pensions.

All Pensions are granted during good behaviour, and may be for forfeited by misconduct on the part of the pensioner, to be judged of by the Admiralty.

All pensioners (not discharged as wholly incapable) under 50 years of age maybe called on to serve in time of war or emergency.

Men are not allowed their Pensions for anytime during which they reside out of Her Majesty's dominions, except with the special permission of the Admiralty.

Time during which a man has held a Bad or Indifferent character does not count for pension.

Men discharged the service for misconduct forfeit all claims to pension, and men whose general character has not been good can be awarded reduced pensions.

Commutation of Pensions is not allowed.

In all cases of injuries gratuities may be given in lieu of Injury Pensions, or in addition to Service or Disability Pensions, at the discretion of the Admiralty.

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All Pensions are held during good behaviour, and may be forfeited for misconduct, to be judged of by the Admiralty.

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