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Black SaltSeafarers of African Descent on British Ships$
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Ray Costello

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318184

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317675

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A Tar's Life

A Tar's Life

(p.32) Chapter Three A Tar's Life
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This chapter examines the role of British tar. It also considers the black seafarers in the Royal Navy during the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries. Black sailors continued to be enrolled into the Royal Navy during time of need and sometimes in unconventional circumstances. The work of crimps was equally as repulsive as that of the impressments agencies and lasted far longer. The crimps could replace crewmen. There were also some women who would have willingly taken the place of black sailors. Many of the hazards that sailors dealt with made no distinction of race, and chief among these was one that threatened life and limb directly — war.

Keywords:   black seafarers, British tar, Royal Navy, black sailors, crimps, crewmen, British workers

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