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A British naval recruiting centre of the 18th and early 19th centuries, usually set up in times of war in some tavern near the waterfront of seaport towns with a strong lock-up room, known as a press room. It was the centre of the local impressment service administered by a regulating captain and was known colloquially as a ‘rondy’. Recruits, both volunteers and pressed men, were held in the press room until they could be dispatched to a receiving ship, or hulk, in a home port.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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