The Internal Economy of the Royal Navy in the Twentieth Century

By Elinor Romans, published February 2008


The internal economy of the Royal Navy was formed of enterprises both financial and service, in the form of small businesses or sole traders, which provided much needed services (such as hairdressers, tailoring, etc) and money to eke out the poor wages of lower ranks. Although the internal economy was carried out without official approval, it did not have a negative effect on discipline, and filled an important role in filling in the missing sections of the navy.

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

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