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Seamen on Late Eighteenth-Century European Warships

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The Dutch navy barely managed to scrape together two-thirds of its manpower-requirements for the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War in 1780-1784, and Sweden suffered acute shortages of men during its war with Russia 1788-1790. European navies met this emergency by expanding their coercive recruitment systems to include groups previously safe from non-voluntary service at sea, and by allowing proportion of foreign-born seamen on-board their ships to expand. At the end of century, class-war was no longer a metaphor in wooden world of European warships. Seamen loved to talk about their lives, 'a subject', noted Melville, 'upon which most high-bred castaways in man-of-war are very diffuse', and the boredom of naval service gave them plenty of opportunity to do so. On half of the Dutch ships, the crews now rose on their officers, broke into the spirit-rooms, and nearly beat to death several of their shipmates who were known as Patriots.

Keywords: eighteenth-century European warships; European navies; foreign-born seamen; man-of-war; mobilising manpower



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