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Written by Rae
(10/5/2005 5:03 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Salary too?, penned by Jenny Allan
I am not feeling well enough for heated discussion - but I can at least provide some info on Wentworth's pay. Below is link to a site which gives rates of pay for different ranks in the Navy. Depending on the Laconia's rating, his net pay would have been around £300 pa - when he had a ship. By the time of the novel, he would have been on half pay. Frigate Captain's pay was quite a bit lower than that of Captains of ships of the line, as they had more opportunity for prize money.
It is very difficult to translate amounts of money in terms of what they would provide.
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