A Levy of Seamen in the Cinque Ports 1602

By J.J.N. McGurk, published May 1980


Keeping a fleet at sea to intercept the Spanish fleet, anticiapted off Ireland, meant that manning the English ships became a prime concern. Orders were sent to the Cinque Ports ordering the appropriate authorities to assist ‘with all expedition’ in drafting men into the navy.   The men were to be properly clothed, having been properly listed on muster rolls. The rolls cary fascinating information about the individuals. A second thought shifted the burden of impressment to the rest of Kent.

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Filed under: Tudors | Press Gangs | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea

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