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Seaman’s Chest

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The possessions that eighteenth-century seamen -including ship’s officers - could take on ship were limited to what could be carried in a small chest.

Usually seamans' chests contained the distinctive clothing that seamen generally wore ashore. As N.A.M. Rodger writes,

Except for disguise, seamen scorned to wear landmen’s cloth, and their best clothes were more elaborate and fancy versions of their working rig, with white duck instead of canvass trousers, silver buckles to their shoes, brass buttons on their jackets, coloured tape along the seams, and ribbons in their hats.

Rodgers, The Wooden World, pp. 64-5.


Created: 28 February 2004

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
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