I am new to doing family history research involving the Merchant Navy and hope someone can help me with a query.
I am doing a study of the parish of St George, Wilton in Somerset. I am currently focusing on the Bastard family. I have a tree on Ancestry named the St George Wilton (Parish Tree) if you are interested in taking a look.
I am focusing on Henry Horlock Bastard (abt. 1858 - 24 September 1895) at the moment. I have a wikitree entry for him (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bastard-397
) It appears he joined the Merchant Navy. Would this be 'normal' for the eldest son of a well to do family who attended Sherborne School to do? I found an entry for him on Apprentices Indentured in Merchant Navy, 1824-1910 on Ancestry. He was bound on 17.7.1876 to James Henry Burgess, Swansea, and registered on 31.7.1876 at aged 18 years at Swansea for 3 4/12 years.
Where would I look to find out more about his indenture in the Merchant Navy? And what more information does the snippet I have attached tell me?
Thank you for your help.