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A descriptive term used to describe the seaman of a British warship. It came into being in 1858 when rules for the uniform of seamen were promulgated, which included a jacket ‘to be made of navy blue cloth double-breasted, with stand tall collar … to reach the hips … one inside breast-pocket and seven black horn crown and anchor buttons’.

See also jack tar; sailors' dress.

See also jack tar; sailors' dress.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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