Master's ticket 1909. My grandfather's certificate. Printed on cloth and measuring a bit over 14 inches wide by 11 inches and well folded for keeping in his discharge book. He had seemed content with his lot as Bosun until he was promoted during a voyage to Second Mate. That gave him a taste for the 'high' life so he began studying for his tickets (as certificates of competency were always known). He was the grand old age of 37 by the time he got his masters - much older than the norm. The birth date on the ticket is incorrect, but I'm not sure that even he knew that.
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