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Seamen put on board a merchant vessel by the British naval impressment service after its prime seamen had been removed at sea, in order that the vessel could reach port in safety. It was legal in wartime for naval ships at sea to stop homeward-bound merchant ships and press seamen out of them, though there were regulations which made it unlawful to take so many men that the ship could not be sailed properly. But trained seamen were so valuable in the navy that many warships would wish to take more than they were allowed under the regulations; when this occurred they made up the merchant ship's crew by transferring some of their own men. It was a good way, from the naval point of view, of getting rid of some of their worst characters and untrained men.

See also macaroni mate.

See also macaroni mate.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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