The Naval Mutinies of 1797 Part I

By D. Bonner Smith, published November 1935


In 1935 The Floating Republic: An account of the Mutinies at Spithead and the Nore in 1797, by Manwaring and Dobree was published, receiving almost unanimous praise.     This article seems to start as a refutation of that book which discusses in detail the social, political and financial upheavals of the time and their effects on all the parties concerned.    D.B. Smith considers that the cause of the unrest was purely monetary in that naval seamen’s pay had not varied for more than one hundred years despite great changes in the cost of living and of social expectations.    Correspondence is quoted to discount the operations of the “Corresponding Societies” and the “dreaded Fenians”, among others.


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Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Mutiny & Discipline | French Revolution
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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