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age of children

Posted: 8 Jan 2013 9:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 8 Jan 2013 9:28PM GMT
Any one know at what age the "boys" needed to be put in the same area as the men on the ships. my gg grandma came from England with her son in 1889. The ships record says her sons name but the age is 11 and he was 15 at the time. Was wondering if she said he was 11 so he could be with her.

Re: age of children

Posted: 9 Jan 2013 8:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have a feeling this may be more to do with cash flow than morality! I do not have the details to hand but in the mid 19th century ships became more controlled and registered as to passengers. An adult passenger became a "statutory unit" but two children under fourteen counted as one adult - i.e. each only half a statutory unit so they could share a berth = only half a fare. If she claimed the boy was only 11 he could have shared a berth with another child, not necessarily a relative, but they would only have to pay half the adult fare which would have been charged if his real age was known.
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