Agents of Transports &c.

Service to Count as Sea Time.

At the Court of Buckingham Palace,

25th June 1857 &c.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial of the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty dated 24 Jun : Whereas we are of opinion that it would be desirable, for the benefit of Your Majesty's Naval Service, to hold out every encouragement to Commanders, Lieutenants, and Masters holding the appointment of Agent for Transports ; and as these officers are under existing Orders in Council, denied Sea Time whilst serving in this capacity, which operates to their disadvantage in regard to Promotion and the increase of Half-Pay. We would in all humility, recommend to Your Majesty, that Commanders, Lieutenants, and Masters who may now be serving, and who for the future may be employed as Agents of Transports, shall be allowed to reckon such service as Sea Time.

Her Majesty having taken the said Memorial into consideration was pleased by and with the advice of Her Privy Council to approve of what is therein proposed ; and the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.

Wm L. Bathurst.

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