Agent for Transports - British

Extant from : 1794 until 1862

The Transport Agents were uniformed Navy officers under the employ of the Transport Board, but not being sea officers, were not subject to naval discipline. Their job was to control and organize merchant ships that the government had chartered. To assist them in their duties, Agents had a staff consisting of a Purser, Boatswain, Gunner, and Carpenter, all appointed by warrant and on Navy pay.

Hired vessels with a Transport Agent (always a Royal Navy Lieutenant but termed a Commander) aboard flew a blue ensign and a "plain blue common pendant" and could exercise authority over smaller transports that carried no Agent.


Date fromDate toHolderSource
17541756/09William Shackerly (c.1710-1777)ADM354
1756/091764/06William Shackerly (c.1710-1777) (North America & West Indies)ADM354
1757/07/13 David Pryce (c.1718-?) ADM 6/18/419ADM 6/18
1759/061760/09David Pryce (c.1718-?)ADM354
1759/081762James Randell (c.1705-1764)ADM354
1762/081763James Thorpe (c.1722-1798)ADM354
17641769David Meredith (c.1719-1770)ADM354
17651767James Holl (c.1735-1789)ADM354
1767/04 Henry Francis Evans (c.1741/42-1781)ref:676
1772/111775James Dickenson (c.1734-1794)ADM354
17731781Henry Chads (c.1737-1799)ADM354
1774/031776/05/30John Bourmaster (1736-1807) (Boston)ADM354
1776/041777Hugh Baikie (1739-1816)ADM354
1778/021782John Shortland (d.1803)ADM354
17991799George Sayer (d.1846)ref:1041
1841/07/291844/07/02William BoysNBD1849
1841/11/031844George Young (1785-?)NBD1849
1845/08/081846/10/28William BoysNBD1849