Re: Stoker in the ironworks
Posted by BJC on August 16, 2020, 6:28 pm, in reply to "Stoker in the ironworks"
Hello Margaret, |
At 14, I expect the lad, being young and fit, would have been well able to feed coal into the furnaces unattended, after only a few hours basic training, and be immediately classed as a Stoker.
Ironworks stokers would have not been anything like stokers onboard ship, that underwent firearms drills, etc., as a part of their basic training and had to demonstrate proficiency in these tasks prior to being promoted to Stoker 1st Class.