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Ranks in Nelson's navy

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The Bosun's Mate of the Gloucester.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Description: Although the print shows a bosun's mate in his best shore-going rig, it does give an impression of the sort of clothes worn by sailors of the period. Bosun's mates were petty officers promoted from within the ranks by the ship's captain. They were responsible to the ship's boatswain for the supervision of the seamen in their everyday duties about the ship and practical seamanship. They were also responsible for the punishment of the men in the form of flogging.
Creator: Edward Mangin
Date: 1812
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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