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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 Question of Rank

A Question of Rank

(p.95) Chapter Six A Question of Rank
Black Salt
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This chapter is concerned with the question of crew division. In particular, the significance of rank is covered. The rank of post captain was an obsolete alternative form of captain in the Royal Navy. For black sailors, their employment on sailing ships was generally of the lowest in the pecking order: servants, stewards, cooks and cabin boys. Nevertheless, examples are given of John Perkins and Jacob Christian, who attained recognition and rank in the late eighteenth century. In general, seafarers were bonded as members of the united group of the sea.

Keywords:   crew division, rank, Royal Navy, black British seamen, black sailors, pecking order, John Perkins, Jacob Christian

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