Sailors On Shore

By Commander C.N. Robinson R.N., published December 1912


A set of eight aquatint prints published in 1825 provide details of the dress of men-of war sailors when going ashore. They exhibit the diversity and variety of dress at the time, when there was no set uniform, as well as such uniformity as prevailed by reason of the limitation of the purser’s stock. There are considerable variations in details from 1800. Blue jackets were the rule, but pig-tails were going out of fashion. Neither the bell-mouthed trousers nor the big broad collar worn outside the jacket had yet appeared, scotching the tale that the sailors’ collar had its origin as a protection against the pig-tail or that its three stripes were anything to do with Nelson’s victories.

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