BRITISH MERCHANT NAVY CADET TRAINING SHIPS
A chronicle of British Merchant Navy training policy is available for download as a pdf. It begins with an Elizabethan Act of 1562 that makes reference to sea apprentices, and it then steps down through history to the latter part of the twentieth century – by which time the British Merchant Navy had gone into terminal decline.
"An Act for regulating the Number of Apprentices to be taken on board British Merchant Vessels; and for preventing the Desertion of Seamen therefrom." – dated 12th May 1823 – is available for download as a pdf here.
The Merchant Navy Training Board, which was established in 1942, published an Apprentices’ Handbook – an example of which is available for download as a pdf here.
In October 1962 the Ministry of Transport issued Merchant Shipping Notice No. M.471, which reduced the qualifying sea service for apprentices, cadets and midshipmen to three-quarters of the nominal period on board ship, and it is available for download as a pdf here.
Any material that you may have on British Merchant Navy training policy would be most gratefully received.