About this object

Character books were kept by the Pilotage Committee who ran the pilot service. They detailed individual pilots' behaviour. Commendations were noted, as well as instances where pilots were disciplined for things such as grounding of vessels or being absent without leave. It was common in the 18th and 19th centuries for pilots to have several offences noted against them and it did not necessarily mark them out as being bad pilots.

This particular entry is for Peter Bennett, an apprentice on pilot boat No. 5 who became a qualified pilot in 1791. It notes that he was fined one guinea in 1797 for 'boarding out of turn', which means he boarded a ship before other pilots who were ahead of him in the arranged schedule. In 1826 he was fined 40 shillings for 'misconduct and insolence' on board a ship called the Bachelor.
  • Date
    1788 - 1929
  • Location
    Available at Maritime Archives and Library
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  • Object type
Object view = Archives
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