That attestation led to the expression, "Wife in Every Port" *nfm
Posted by Captain Everett on April 30, 1998 at 22:50:42:
In response to Is This the Lavery?, written by Ken on April 29, 1998 at 12:47:34
] 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.
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