Is This the Lavery?
Posted by Ken on April 29, 1998 at 12:47:34:
In response to There's a book....., written by Caroline on April 29, 1998 at 10:14:16
] I've seen a book called "Life in Nelson's Navy" which has quite a big chunk about women on ships, and when I flipped through it, it seemed to me that though women were not usually allowed on voyage, it was a different case when the ship was in port. In fact women,(and I don't mean wives, necessarily) were positively encouraged to stay on board.
Yes and no. It was a concession to practicality, and an attempt to curb desertions. The rule was still wives only, but a simple attestation that a woman was actually the sailor's wife sufficed. So that let almost anyone on board.
] The owner of the book is at present overseas and uncontactable for at least the next two months. Does anyone else have it, or have access to it? I'd really like to know more abou this.
If it's the Lavery book, I can find it in Barnes & Noble. That store is quite my favorite library (-; I was there last night & picked up a remaindered small volume on British frigates during the Wars. More an account of notable frigate actions rather than a detailed look at life on board, but there were a few nuggets of information.
- Sea Fever Caroline 12:00:27 5/07/98 (0)
- That attestation led to the expression, "Wife in Every Port" *nfm Captain Everett 22:50:42 4/30/98 (0)
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