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Bargemen in 1850's


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I am looking for a bargeman around the 1850's possibly on the River Medway. Did they need to have a registration certificate or a Mariners Certificate? Did they need to sit an examination of some sort? Or possibly an Indenture? Did they need to join a Union? Cannot locate him on the 1851Census (or his wife) - name of Edward CHAMP and JANE CHAMP (nee vandepier) who married 1856 Sheerness. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks:(

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