Seaman William Smith
Indian Naval Brigade and Bengal Marine
William Smith is confirmed on the
roll of the Bengal Marine,
comprising just 7 Officers and 19
Seamen. The Bengal Marine was
not part of the Indian Navy, being
formed under civil contract in
uniform resembling that of the
Indian Navy, but in effect it was
a police force and not a naval one.

Some of their officers used the
post nominal letters ‘I.N.’ which
was much resented. Due to the
general lack of discipline it was
eventually disbanded.



Ex Douglas-Morris Collection,
DNW Sale 16 Oct. 1996, Lot 182.
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