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Life in Port
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Going to Sea
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Lighthouse Keepers
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Changing Roles for Women
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Women in the Military
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Women in Wartime Production
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Early Yachting and Racing
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Women and the Sea in the 20th Century
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In This Chapter

Sailor's Departure

The Press Gangs
Working Women
Sailor's Return

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The Press Gangs


In Britain, press gangs roamed the towns and countryside, picking up able-bodied
Seizing a Waterman on Tower Hill on the Morning of His Wedding Day, 1914
John Robert Hutchinson
The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore, 1914 The Mariners' Museum Research Library and Archives
men and forcing them into sea duty. In many cases, the victims were drunk at the time of impressment. Wives and children were often left in the dark as to their husband's or father's whereabouts until a letter or rumor reached them. Records show that in a few towns, women attacked the press gangs to prevent them from kidnapping their men.


















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