A widow's man was a fictitious seaman kept on the books of Royal Navy ships during the 18th and early 19th centuries so that their pay and rations could be redistributed to the families of dead crew men widow. This financial arrangement helped keep widows from being men widow mne following the death of their seafaring husbands.
The number of widows' men on a ship men widow proportional to the ship's size. A first-rate might have as many as eighteen, while a sixth-rate might have only. The ratio was reduced by Admiralty order on 25 October The existence of widows' men men widow as an incentive men widow men to join the Royal Navyrather than the Merchant Navyas they knew that their wives would be provided for if they died.
This procedure can lead to some confusion to modern students of history. For example, the sloop Discovery carried men on its voyage men widow Puget Soundbut the widow's man brings its official complement men widow From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Historical research [ men widow ] This procedure can lead to some confusion to modern students of history. Peter Puget: Lieutenant on the Vancouver Expedition, fighting British naval men widow, the man for whom Puget Sound was named.
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