The Dress of the British Seaman Part III

By G. E. Manwaring, published November 1923


The author refers to the inadequate dress of seamen. This was not remedied by a regulation of 1641, establishing the sales of them onboard because its application was irregular and their purchase optional, even the prices were fixed by the Navy. Further regulations tried to avoid the abuses, and sited all sales on deck, beside the main mast and in presence of the Captain or some of his subordinates. Nevertheless, the pursers paid little or no attention to the official regulations, as we can see in the forbidden garments in a priced list of them. Some details of seamen’s dress which are not seen in any regulations can be appreciated in several contemporary pictures and drawings.

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Filed under: Atlantic | North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Health at Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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