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Ranks in Nelson's navy

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Cabin-boy.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: PW4966
Description: Ship's boys were usually aged between 12 and 16 years. Some came from poor families, others who had been convicted of petty crimes or vagrancy were recommended by magistrates. They were at the bottom of the naval hierarchy and were tasked with such menial duties as cleaning the pigsties and hen coops.
Creator: Thomas Rowlandson [artist]; Merks [engraver]; R Ackermann [publisher]
Date: 1799-02-15
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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