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Post And When the War was Over?
I'm not sure if this is the proper category or not. If there be a better place, please advise.

We all know men were conscripted during the wars. When the war was over, there was a cut back in manpower. How was that done? I've heard some versions that they were returned to England, while other versions were that they were summarily dumnped off wherever the ship happened to be when the orders were received.

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Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:13 pm
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If you are referring to 1815/1816, the crew would have been turned ashore when the ship paid off at a home port and either recommissioned (with an all-volunteer crew) or was laid up in ordinary or sold out of the service. It would be unusual for a ship to be paid off overseas.


Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:08 am
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I was thinking more in the way of earlier, 1750's or a bit earlier.

So, everyone would be brought back to England, or whatever port they had been pressed from?


Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:18 am
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compassrose7577 wrote:
I was thinking more in the way of earlier, 1750's or a bit earlier.

So, everyone would be brought back to England, or whatever port they had been pressed from?



At the end of a war the priority was to reduce expenditure by taking ships out of service (whether they were laid up, or sold). This was done at a home port - usually one of the major naval ports. The ship's company were paid and went ashore. They were no longer in the navy, there being no continuous service in those times. As far as pressed men were concerned (and remember, these were a minority or possibly 50%) they were paid and dismissed at the naval port in which the ship paid off. The place where they may have been impressed was immaterial.


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Interesting. Is there a listing of what ports those might have been?


Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:24 am
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I am not aware of a listing as such. At the time of the War of 1739-48, I think these would have been Portsmouth, Plymouth, Sheerness, Woolwich and Chatham (not necessarily in order of importance).


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Great! This helps a lot!


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