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The wide breeches worn by seamen in the old sailing warship days, also known as petticoat-trousers. They were most prevalent in the 16th and 17th centuries, but did not finally disappear in warships until the beginning of the 19th century. Being made of canvas, the wide apron-like front was a protection for the men lying out on the yards when the weather was wet. See sailors' dress; tarry-breeks.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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