HMSO, 1st.ed., 1901. 42 pp. Marbled wrappers. 32 x 21cm. 4 pages loose o/w V.G. In 1901, a report was published by Parliament examining the number of desertions that had taken place from vessels employed in home and foreign trades during the final years of the 19th century and since the Merchant Shipping Act of 1894. No account was taken of Lascars and others under Asiatic agreements, nor of cattlemen who received a nominal wage of a shilling a month. The report was generated by concern that desertions and failures to join by seamen in the foreign trade increased year on year during the 1890s. For example, in 1895 there had been 3,629 desertions in the British Isles and in 1900 the figure had risen to 5,754. Abroad, in 1895, there had been a combined figure of 14,502 desertions and failures to join, and by 1900 this had increased to 23,201 desertions and 3,428 cases of failure to join. In this report these and other statistics are broken down by place of desertion and failure to join ; and broken down further by rank and rating from Masters and Mates down to Carpenters, Sailmakers, Lamp Trimmers, Seamen of various classes, Apprentices, Engineers, Surgeons, Cooks, Stewards, etc., for each year in question. SCARCE.