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  1. #21
    Ah Confirmed Kills in the Great War, well I know how much that was missed used by Royal Air Force Billy Bishop comes to mind. Confirming a Kill is very hard to do.

    I also figured out that in British Air or Water Navy that each Seaman and Officer has a file which listed there Naval life,so when the First Sea Lord is trying to figure out a crew for a ship.

    LW

  2. #22
    Going back to the British Naval Prizes since it's stated at Five Pounds a head, but what about in the Age of Sail the Captain got a larger share what about in the Edwardian era?.


    LW

  3. #23
    The Prize Courts Act of 1894 established that specific prize rules were to be established by Order in Council at the onset of any military conflict.

    It also seems that the law distinguished between prize money proper, paid for capturing enemy ships, and head bounty paid for sinking them. The prizes for captures were not paid out to individual ships, but rather collected into a Naval Prize Fund to be paid out at the end of the war. These payouts were distributed according to a 13-tier paygrade system, an Admiral of the Fleet being eligible to 1000 shares, while the lowest-ranking crewmembers of Tier 13 would receive 2 shares of the prize fund. For an able seaman (Tier 11), the payout at the end of WWI amounted to about 25. The formula for determining the exact payout was quite complex, factoring in rank, experience and months spent at sea during conflict, but generally aligned with the established prize division traditions going back to the Age of Sail.

    Head bounty, on the other hand, was paid to the crews of individual ships for sinking enemy vessels following the 5-per-head rule and divided equally between all crewmembers regardless of rank. To avoid lengthy disputes between captains, head bounties were divided equally between all ships present in the action where an enemy vessel was sunk. Due to the nature of modern naval warfare that had largely rendered boarding impracticable, the majority of prizes paid out by the Royal Navy during WWI were head bounties.

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    Since I understand that the story you are researching this for isn't exactly historical, you can just assume for the sake of simplicity that the equal-share rule applies to all prize bounties regardless of origin, or conversely, use the traditional Age of Sail prize division rules with some adjustments to suit the crews of steamships.

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