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The usual description in the British Navy given to the rating of ‘volunteer-per-order’, which was an early method of entry into the Royal Navy of ‘young gentlemen’ destined to become officers. The rating was introduced by Samuel Pepys in 1676 and the recipient received £24 a year and a letter from the crown which virtually guaranteed him promotion to commissioned rank after the specified training and passing the examination for lieutenant. The last entry by this system was in 1732 but a similar one, as captain's servant, continued for some decades.

See also gentlemen captains.

See also gentlemen captains.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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