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April 21, 2007

Interesting Bit Of Trivia

I found this interesting:

[A]bout 10 per cent of the Victory's crew came from outside the British Isles: twenty-two Americans, one Brazilian, two Canadians, two Danes, seven Dutch, four French, three Germans, nine Italians, six Maltese, two Norwegians, one Portuguese, four Swedes, two Swiss, two from India, and five from the West Indies. Such a mixture was due partly to press-gangs and partly to volunteering. French men serving in the British Navy were usually royalist volunteers, opposed to the revolutionary and then Napoleonic regimes in France.
Source: Roy Adkins, Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World, p. 50. Lots of interesting stuff in that book.

Posted by annika, Apr. 21, 2007 | TrackBack (0)
Rubric: History


So, the Italians were the prostitutes?

Posted by: Casca on Apr. 21, 2007

Prostitutes, huh? I wonder how that affected the crew's discipline.

Posted by: reagan80 on Apr. 21, 2007