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Re: Mariner apprenticeship records
Looking for a Richard Norman born Devon 1775/6 threw up 2, the Berrynabour one and one born Ilfracombe, both with a father John. The Berrynarbour one I think is more likely, his mother was Joanna nee Hole, whose father was a Richard, so the name could have come from him. the 1774 one for Ilfracombe would have been 13 in 1887when he was signed up. His parents married in 1774.
Might be worth checking out the surname Hole, in case there is a family connection to the sea there too.
Hope this helps.