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Edward Linley Sambourne Cartoons from Punch magazine

Back to the Land. Boy. "Please, Sir, may I be trained for the Merchant Service?" President of the Board of Trade. "Parents in the workhouse?" Boy (cheerfully). "No, Sir." P.B.T. "Well, run along and commit a crime, or else we can't do anything for you." [Apart from those training ships which are either industrial or reformatory schools and a single ship for workhouse boys the Government does nothing by way of education for our Merchant Service. All other training ships, such as the Mercury, of which Mr. C.B. Fry has recently taken over the control, are dependent for support on voluntary contributions. Yet more than half a century has passed since a Royal Commission recommended the encouragement of training-ships, and more than a year since a Committee appointed by the Board of Trade suggested capitation grants by the State for the instruction of boys wishing to join the Merchant Navy; but nothing seems to have been done. Meanwhile this Service, from which we are supposed to draw our Naval Reserve, is largely manned by aliens.]

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Edward Linley Sambourne Cartoons
Back to the Land. Boy. "Please, Sir, may I be trained for the Merchant Service?" President of the Board of Trade. "Parents in the workhouse?" Boy (cheerfully). "No, Sir." P.B.T. "Well, run along and commit a crime, or else we can't do anything for you." [Apart from those training ships which are either industrial  or reformatory schools and a single ship for workhouse boys the Government does nothing by way of education for our Merchant Service. All other training ships, such as the Mercury, of which Mr. C.B. Fry has recently taken over the control, are dependent for support on voluntary contributions. Yet more than half a century has passed since a Royal Commission recommended the encouragement of training-ships, and more than a year since a Committee appointed by the Board of Trade suggested capitation grants by the State for the instruction of boys wishing to join the Merchant Navy; but nothing seems to have been done. Meanwhile this Service, from which we are supposed to draw our Naval Reserve, is largely manned by aliens.]