Spithead naval mutiny

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While this mutiny lasted a calendar month, 16 April to 14 May, its roots had a century's growth. The Channel fleet was immobilized, with men withholding further service until grievances over pay, provisions, and leave had been redressed. Not until 10 May could the seamen be satisfied, but Earl Howe's prestige and conciliatoriness, buttressed by a pardon, was decisive in bringing what had in effect been a strike to an end.

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