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British Tars, 1740-1790

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Superstition, Spirituality, and Religion

26 February 2018

Detail from Admiral Hosier's Ghost, Charles Mosley,1740, John Carter Brown Library of Early American Images.Our view of sailors in the eighteenth century is colored greatly by...

Sailors' Tattoos

21 February 2018

A popular image of the sailor, whether they be historical or contemporary, is one of a man with at least one prominent tattoo. Looking through runaway advertisements of the eighteenth...

Naval Sailors in Outlander

14 February 2018

Last time, I wrote about the portrayal of merchant sailors in the Starz television series Outlander. Today I'll be looking at their portrayal of common naval sailors.In the Wooden...

Merchant Sailors in Outlander

12 February 2018

It has been a while since I dug into portrayals of eighteenth century common sailors in mass media. This is largely because there hasn't been much recently in the way of mass media...