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Band of Brothers: Boy Seamen in the Royal Navy
Band of Brothers is a history of the boy seaman rating in the Royal Navy, beginning with its evolution from the eighteenth century 'Officer's Servant' through to its abolition in 1956. It tells of an astonishing Victorian Naval tradition which continued right into the modern age. HMS Ganges, a byword on the lower deck of the Royal Navy for strict discipline, was the hardes ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 22nd 2003 by Sutton Publishing
(first published 1997)
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A charming tale written by one of the last of Britain's "boy seamen." Until 1965, teenage boys as young as 15 could join the Royal Navy, get trained as sailors, collect modest wages as well as room and board, and once they turned 17.5 years of age, be rated as "seamen." This tradition lasted centuries, although the exact status of sailor boys varied depending on the decade. Part of the appeal of this book is that Mr. Phillipson was not a cadet, a "young gentleman", or a boy heading towards becom ...more