This chapter evaluates the position of black seamen after the demise of the British Empire. Events on the African continent were on course to deprive Britain of a direct source of seafarers of African descent. The newly independent West African countries considered their own issues of naval defence. Following the Second World War, changes in attitudes towards black people were slowly developing. The attitudes towards black seafarers enhanced in the 1960s and 1970s. Merchant shipping declined in status throughout the twentieth century, striking British seafarers of all races hard. Finally, the chapter talks about how Neville Bryce was the Navy's first black ‘chief of boat’. He became Lieutenant Commander in the British Senior Service and a Member of the British Empire.
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