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Scales of Pay for Petty Officers, Seamen and Boys in the Royal Navy

The following table, from the Navy List for 20 Dec 1860, reflects the changes introduced by the Admiralty which were published on 14 June 1853, but also appears to include subsequent changes in pay and allowances, and in ratings that subsequently took place between 1853-1860.

Rate of Pay for men entering under the old system, in all Rates Ratings New Rate of Pay for Continuous Service Men, in all rates
31 Days Year   31 Days Year
 £   s   d   £   s   d    Chief Petty Officers  £   s   d   £   s   d 
3 2 0 36 10 0 } Master at Arms { 3 9 9 41 1 3
} Chief Gunner's Mate {
} Chief Boatswain's Mate {
} Chief Captain of the Forecastle {
} Admiral's Coxswain {
} Chief Quarter Master {
} *Chief Carpenter's Mate {
} Seamen's Schoolmaster   - - - - - -
}  
} Ship's Steward:- Day Pay Victualling Store Allowance Total Per Diem Total Per Annum  
}   s d s d s d £ s d  
} 1st Rates 2 0 3 6 5 6 100 7 6  
} 2nd Rates 2 0 3 0 5 0 91 5 0  
} 3rd Rates 2 0 2 6 4 6 82 2 6  
} 4th Rates 2 0 2 0 4 0 73 0 0  
} 5th Rates 2 0 1 6 3 6 63 17 6  
} 6th Rates 2 0 1 1 3 1 56 5 5  
} Sloops &c with a complement of 100 Men and upwards 2 0 0 8 2 8 48 13 4  
} Smaller Vessels 2 0 0 4 2 4 42 11 8  
}  
} Ship's Cook Day Pay Cooking Allowance Total Per Diem Total Per Annum  
}   s d s d s d £ s d  
} 1st Rates 2 0 1 6 3 6 63 17 6  
} 2nd Rates 2 0 1 4 3 4 60 16 8  
} 3rd Rates 2 0 1 2 3 2 57 15 10  
} 4th Rates 2 0 1 0 3 0 54 15 0  
} 5th Rates 2 0 0 10 2 10 51 14 2  
} 6th Rates 2 0 0 8 2 8 48 13 4  
} Sloops &c with a complement of 100 Men and upwards 2 0 0 7 2 7 47 2 11  
} Smaller Vessels 2 0 0 6 2 6 45 12 6  
  1st Class Working Petty Officer  
   
2 14 3 31 18 9 } Ship's Corporal { 3 2 0 36 10 0
} Gunner's Mate {
} Boatswain's Mate {
} Captain's Coxswain {
} Captain of the Forecastle {
} Quarter Master {
} Yeoman of Signals {
} Coxswain of the Launch {
} Captain of the Maintop {
} Captain of the Fore Top {
} Captain of the Afterguard {
} Captain of the Hold {
3 2 0 36 10 0       3 9 9 41 1 3
} Sailmaker {
} Ropemaker {
} *Carpenter's Mate {
} ‡Caulker {
} Blacksmith {
} Armourer {
} Plumber {
} Leading Stoker {
    2nd Class Working Petty Officer    
   
2 9 11 28 17 11 } Coxswain of the Barge { 2 16 10 33 9 2
} Coxswain of the Pinnace {
} Captain of the Mast {
} Second Captain of the Forecstle {
} Second Captain of the Main-top {
} Second Captain of the Fore-top {
} Signalman {
} Second Captain of the Afterguard {
} Captain of the Mizen-top {
2 11 8 30 8 4   Sailmaker's Mate   2 19 5 34 19 7
2 9 1 28 17 11   Coxswain of the Cutter   2 16 10 33 9 2
2 11 8 30 8 4 } †Cooper { 2 19 5 34 19 7
} †Caulker's Mate {
2 9 1 28 17 11 } Musician { — — — — — —
} Head Krooman {
2 6 6 27 7 6   Leading Seaman   2 14 3 31 18 9
2 9 1 28 17 11   *Shipwright   2 16 10 33 9 2
2 3 11 25 17 1 } Yeoman of the Store Room { 2 11 8 30 8 4
} Second Captain of the Hold {
} Painter {
} Sailmaker's Crew {
} Blacksmith's Crew {
} Tinsmith {
} Armourer's Crew {
} *Carpenter's Crew {
} †Cooper's Crew {
2 14 3 31 18 9   Stoker and Coal Trimmer   3 2 0 36 10 0
2 3 11 25 17 1   Second Class Stoker and Coal Trimmer   2 11 8 30 8 4
2 1 4 24 6 8   Able Seaman   2 9 1 28 17 11
1 13 7 19 15 5   Ordinary Seaman   1 18 9 22 16 3
1 8 5 16 14 7   Second Class Ordinary Seaman   1 11 0 18 6 0
1 6 6 27 7 6   ßß Sick Berth Steward   — — — — — —
2 1 4 24 6 8 } Bandman { — — — Q — —
} Tailor {
} Shoemaker {
} Butcher {
} Lamp Trimmer {
} Second Head Krooman {
} Flag Officer's and Superintendent's Domestics {
} Captain's Steward {
} Captain's Cook {
} Ward Room Steward {
} Ward Room Cook {
} Secretary's Servant {
} Gun Room Steward {
} Gun Room Cook {
} Engineer's Servant {
} Engineer's Cook {
} Ship's Steward's Assistant {
1 13 7 19 15 5 } Sick Berth Attendant { — — — — — —
} Cook's Mate {
} Barber {
1 8 5 16 14 7 } Captain's Servant { — — — — — —
} Captain's Cook Assistant {
} Commander's Servant {
} Ward Room Servant {
} Ward Room Cook's Assistant {
} Gun Room Servant {
} Kroomen {
0 18 1 10 2 11 } Ship's Steward's Boy
— — — — — —
} Boy of the First Class
0 18 1 10 12 11
0 15 6 9 2 6   Boy of the Second Class   0 15 6 9 2 6

* A Yeoman of Signals to be borne in addition in Flag Ships at Home and Abroad, and to be paid as a Chief Working Petty Officer

Gunnery Instructors to receive 6d a day in addition to all other Pay of their Ratings.

Seamen Gunners to receive 2d a day in the 2nd Class and 4d a day in the 1st Class in addition to all other pay of their Ratings

Trained Men to receive 1d a day in addition to all other Pay of their Ratings

Divers to receive 1d a day in addition to all other pay of their Ratings

ßß Sick Berth Stewards to be allowed, in addition to their pay, a Gratuity of 8d a day in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Rates; 6d a day in 4th and 5th Rates; and 4d a day in 6th Rates and sloops, upon a Certificate signed by the Captain being produced that they have satisfactorily performed their duties.

Sick Berth Attendants to receive in addition to their Pay a Gratuity equal to half that allowed to Sick Berth Stewards; but on board ships in which a Sick Berth Steward is not borne, to be paid the whole Sick Berth Gratuity.

Men of these ratings * who have a complete set of tools, to receive 3d a day for Tool money, in addition to all other pay of their Ratings

‡ Caulkers and Caulkers' Mates to be allowed Tool money at the Rate of 3d a day, in addition to their pay, if employed in Carpenter's Crews and in possession of Tools.

Men with these ratings † who have a complete set of Tools, to receive 2d a day for Tool Money in addition to all other pay of their Ratings

Seamen's Schoolmaster, Ship's Steward, Ship's Cook, Sick Bert Steward, Sick Berth Attendant, Servants, Musicians, Bandmen, Butchers, Barbers, Shoemakers, Lamp Trimmers, Tailors, Ship Steward's Assistant, Cook's Mate, Kroomen, and Ship Steward's Boy, are not to be entered for continuous Service

Source: Navy List 1860, Page 224

[From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:

Krooman \Kroo"man\ (kr[=oo]"man), n.; pl. {Kroomen} (-men).
One of a negro tribe of Liberia and the adjacent coast, whose
members are much employed on shipboard.]

[Author's Note]

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