Sailing Under the Red Duster: Maltese Merchant Seafarers in the Twentieth Century

By Carmel Vassallo, published November 2008

Abstract

The article covers Maltese sailors and officers within the Merchant and Royal Navies in the 20th century, including the roles they undertook with the navies, the loss of personnel, a profile of where on the island of Malta the service personnel came from and their wages. The article relates that the Maltese were generally based in the Royal Air Fleet and provides primary evidence of why the Maltese were deemed as lazy when they came away port.   Details are provided of which evidence was used, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and National Sailors and Firemen’s Union of Great Britain and Ireland.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies

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