The Naval Uniform of 1748

By David B. Smith, published August 1927


Naval uniforms were introduced by an Admiralty Order on April 13th 1748. There is some debate on how the colour scheme was chosen. According to a letter written by Edward Hawke Locker in 1830, Rear-Admiral the Hon. John Forbes was shown a selection of possible uniform colours by the Duke of Bedford sometime between August 20th and October 21st 1747. Forbes was told that the King, George II, had determined that the uniforms would be blue, faced with white. There seems little doubt that Forbes’ statement that he had seen a selection of colours may be accepted as fact.

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Filed under: Austrian Succession | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Miscellaneous | Navies

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