From: Graeme Wall <r...@greywall.demon.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 07:54:43 +0100
Local: Thurs, Sep 20 2012 2:54 am
Subject: Re: LYON OF DUBLIN, 1700 - Men Impressed at Antigua
On 19/09/2012 22:22, The Chief wrote:
> On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 9:09:46 PM UTC, Graeme Wall wrote:The latter I did know.
>> On 19/09/2012 20:04, The Chief wrote:
>>> On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3:05:23 PM UTC, Dexter Kenfield wrote:
>>>> But in the current thread, we still have my original question: why is
>>>> this captain, whoever he is, receiving the man's wages from the LYON
>>>> either at the time or well after the time he was impressed? I'll take
>>>> another look through the documents and see if there are any hidden clues.
>>> I am surprised this has not been answered - our British friends are obviously forgetting their naval history!
>>> The answer is that what happened here was the legal requirement - captains of the merchant navy were required to settle and pay the back pay of crew members in full on the spot if they were impressed into Her Majesties service.
>> That's something I didn't know, and can't see how it would have worked
>> Graeme Wall
> The answer is yes. Think of it the other way around. What were the chances that an impressed man would ever catch up/with see again the ship or captain that had employed him? Considerably less than 100%, so this legal requirement made sense. Captains were indeed required to settle their accounts on the spot. Given the character of naval officers, I don't think they would have stood around for long though, which is why a sensible captain would have his accounts up-to-date before sailing into port. As a historical note, the American colonies were made exempt from impressment by Act of Parliament in 1708.
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