Bound apprentice: £35 for four years’ work, with twelve shillings per annum in lieu of washing

A barque

A barque

At the age of 14, 1n 1891, my Dinas-born grandfather went to sea, apprenticed to the master of the barque Glance. The Glance had recently been to New Zealand but, during my grandfather’s time, before the opening of the Panama Canal, they were sailing to S. America.

I remember, as a child, being entranced by his account of the storms round Cape Horn but didn’t realise until much later how very young he had been at the time.

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When he had served his four years as an apprentice, he stayed with the ship for a further three and a half years until July 1898.

From The New Zealand Herald 21.7.1884

From The New Zealand Herald 21.7.1884

 

 

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