Some Naval Courts-Martial, 1698

By W. Senior, published April 1912


The author outlines courts martial presided over by Sir George Rooke and Sir Cloudesley Shovel. Of trivial significance, they give an insight into contemporary naval life, involving alleged abuse of crew members by captains and other officers, presence on board of wives or servants – the latter a “negro child”, arguments over the division of prize money, embezzlement, insobriety and dereliction of duty. Two letters of complaint to the Admiralty are reproduced verbatim.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Mutiny & Discipline | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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