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Some guy on the news said this was instituted by Henry VIII? Perhaps it should have been written into law then, it could have saved - the victors of the Armada being left to die of disease on their ships, while waiting to get paid; or the victors of Trafalgar and Waterloo being reduced to begging in the streets of London; or winners of the VC winding up destitute and being buried in paupers graves. :shock:

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Very interesting program on tele the other week regarding Trafalgar, I wasn't previously aware how many foriegn and black sailors there were in the Royal Navy at that time and also that on the base of Nelsons column there is a plaque depicting the death of Nelson with a black sailor cast in relief on it. :o

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It's part of modern historians attempt to infer a multi-ethnic past - it's not surprising that the RN had to resort to press gang recruitment from foreign ships and shores to fill their ranks - but these recruits still represented a tiny proportion of the whole. :?

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