William Burch1829

William Burch
Birth 11 March 1829 27 28

Birth of a brotherJohn Burch
1832 (Age 2)

Birth of a brotherEdward Burch
1833 (Age 3)

Residence 1841 (Age 11)
Address: 26 Paradise Row
Birth of a brotherJoseph Burch
1842 (Age 12)
1 June 1846 (Age 17)

Employer: Brilliant
Residence 1851 (Age 21)
Address: 26 Queen's Rd West
Family with parents - View family
younger brother
-4 years
-2 months
elder sister
5 years
younger brother
11 years
younger brother


Transcription: of entries in HMS Brilliant log No of 315719 Register Ticket William Burch Born at Chelsea in theCounty of Middx 11th day of Mar 1829 Capacity Boy 2 Class Height 5 ft 3 Hair Dk Brown Complexion Fair Eyes BrownFirst went to sea as Boy, 2 Class In the year 1846 Has served in the Royal navy-¬Has been in Foreign Service When unemployed, resides at Chelsea issued at HMS Brilliant 1st day of June 1846

The next column reads: Age when ticketed 17 Can write Yes In the Column headed 1846, Out, the entry reads vertically Boy HMS Brilliant. With ditto marks in the Home column and in the 1847 Out column. Perhaps two voyages. The next recorded voyage is in 1851. This explains why William is missing from the 1851 Census of England. There appears to be two entries in the Out column for 1851. The fact that some care has been taken to restrict these entries to the out column, and not to write them across both columns, usually indicates a foreign journey, not a local coastal voyage. The first reads 3452.64.5 and on the next line -,-,l. My interpretation is, according to guides I have found on the internet: 3452 is the “Port Rotation Number”, a number assigned to a ship as it passed into/out of port. No key survives. Ships names can only be found by trawling through Crew Agreements for the appropriate port for that year. The Port Rotation Number is written on the crew agreement, which includes the name of the ship, etc. 64 is the number of the Port of London. I don’t think anyone knows what the 5 represents. On the next line, the first space should be the port (perhaps still London), the second dash should be the day of the month, and the 1 means the ship left in January. The second entry in the out column for 1851 seems to be indicated as a separate entry, by the fact that it is separated from the &st by a decorative swirl. Thi sreads 55l0.64.ll on the flrst line, and-,-,5 onthenext. Similarly, this means 5510 is the ship’s Port Rotation Number, 64 is the Port of London, 11=?? The next line probably means that his ship (perhaps same ship, perhaps not) left thePort of London again in May. There are no entries for 1852.

The entry for 1853 is in the Home column. AB stands for Able Seaman 6188.64.16 Means Ship’s Port Rotation Number 6188,64 is Port of London again, 16=?? 64.12.7 Means the ship returned to the Port of London sometime before the 12h ofJuly 1852 The note beneath reads Ran Portland Bay. I understand this means he deserted ship at Portland Bay. There is only one bay commonly called Portland Bay, and that is off the South coast of Victoria, Australia, near the town of Portland. There is a port in Dorset, England called Portland, but the nearby waters are called Portland Harbour, or the bay Weymouth Bay. There was a Royal Navy establishment here. It is likely that he became the mayor of Mildura.