Life of the Earl of Dundonald, G.C.B; Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom

Life of the Earl of Dundonald, G.C.B; Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...attention of this House: that the pettyofficers and seamen on board of his Majesty's ships and vessels of war, though absent on foreign stations for many years, receive no wages until their return home, and are, of course, deprived of the comforts which those wages, paid at short intervals, would procure them: that it is now more severely felt, owing to the recent practice of postponing declarations of war until long after the war has been actually begun; by which means the navy is deprived, under the name of droits, of the first-fruits and greatest proportion of the prize-money to which they have heretofore been 184 DELAYED PAYMENTS. entitled; and thus, and by the exactions of the Courts of Admiralty, the proportion of captures which at last devolves to the navy is much too small to produce those effects which formerly were so beneficial to the country. "That while their wages are withheld from them abroad, when paid at home, which, to prevent desertion, usually takes place on the day before they sail out again, having no opportunity to go on shore, they are compelled to buy slops of Jews on board, or to receive them from Government at 15 per cent, higher than their acknowledged value; and, being paid in bank-notes, they are naturally induced to exchange them for money in other countries, and which it is notorious they do at an enormous loss. "That the recovery of the pay and prize-money by the widows, children, or relatives of seamen, ia rendered as difficult as possible; and, finally, the regulations with regard to passing of the examination requisite, previous to an admission to the benefits of Greenwich Hospital, subject the disabled seaman to so many difficulties, and to such long delays, that, in numerous cases, he is more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236562119
  • 9781236562111