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Newsgroups: soc.genealogy.britain, alt.genealogy
From: Graeme Wall <r...@greywall.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:53:59 +0100
Local: Wed, Sep 19 2012 3:53 am
Subject: Re: LYON OF DUBLIN, 1700 - Men Impressed at Antigua
On 19/09/2012 08:11, CWatters wrote:
> On 19/09/2012 01:48, Dexter Kenfield wrote:Seamen were only paid at the end of a voyage for precisely that reason.
>> The third one certainly could be Dawley. Not the first two, though. And
>> if it is Dawley, who is he, and why is he getting the money???
> Witholding pay would be a way to stop pressed men running away?
Hence the term "paying off" at the end of a commission. Applied to
both the RN and merchant ships. The difference being that mnerchant
ships always paid off at the end of each voyage while RN ships paid off
at the end of each commission which could be a period of several years.
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