The Dress of the British Seaman from the Revolution to the Peace of 1748

By G. E. Manwaring, published February 1924


Until the end of the seventeenth century the authorities seemed to pay little attention to the clothing of Royal Navy crews. This changed at the beginning of the new century, when regulations were introduced to regulate both the quality and price of the clothing (commonly referred to as slops) that was available for purchase by the lower ranks. Although blue has been the predominant colour of Royal Naval uniforms for a considerable time, this has not always been the case, with most naval hands at the turn of the eighteenth century being dressed mainly in red.

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

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