Entertaining ratings in the wardroom/ gunroom in the Victorian Navy

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    Frank Scott
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      Reading the section of Admiral Sir Thomas Lyne’s memoir relating to his early years on the lower deck, when serving in the 5-masted barque HMS Agincourt, I was surprised to read that:
      “officers of the mast would frequently … entertain their respective upper yard men to a supper with a glass or two of beer, making use of the gun-room or ward-room after dinner at night”.
      These were fairly raucous occasions apparently and certainly at variance with what one might expect of the Victorians. I have never read of such events before – has anyone else?
      For reference, Lyne was remarkable as being an exceptional promotion from the lower deck at a time of fierce class division, and one who moreover then made it to flag rank via a number of seagoing commands.
      Frank Scott

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