Note: Sweet Fanny Adams Revisited

By Tony Rice, published November 2016


The gruesome murder of Fanny Adams, widely reported in 1867, coincided with the issue of tinned beef to the Royal Navy from the naval suppliers at Deptford.   Typical naval black humour caused the contents of the tins to be referred to as ‘Fanny Adams’.  This has led to a century of questions and answers in the pages of The Mariner’s Mirror, in which various theories and conjectures were aired.  Rice gives fact and fiction,  with the last word being given to the Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea  and its mixture of both.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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