The Press Gangs
In Britain, press gangs roamed the towns and countryside, picking
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.
|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'
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