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Reading these exchanges about Sea Fencibles, I hope we can now dispense with the idea that they were a kind of maritime 'Home Guard'.

Whether the Home Guard were as generally amusing and lacking in competence as Captain Mainwaing's Eastgate Platoon I know not; but what I do know is that they were of limited military use, being composed of young people who were to young for the call up and of elderly men who were too old to serve.

The snippets one reads in newspapers about their activities, and the facts that Sea Fencibles were commanded by RN 'regulars' and given protections against impressment into the navy shows that they, on the other hand, were active seamen in the prime of life.

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The Times, June 27, 1804:

" ... Lord Melville has directed a most particular survey of rhe several signal stations and sea fencible establishments on the coasts, to be immediately undertaken. ..."



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The Times, November 18th, 1803:

" .... Last week Capt. Warren, of the Royal Navy, arrived at Dundee, to take the command of the Sea Fencibles in the country of Angus. He is assisted by Captain Furnell, Lieutenants Kelly, Hamilton, and Stevenson. ....."




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The Times, November 18th, 1803:

" .... Captain the Hon. John Colvill, of the Royal Navy, arrived at Whitehaven last week, for the purpose of enrolling Sea Fencibles at the ports of Whitehaven, Workington, and Maryport. ....."




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The Times, March 17th, 1804:

" .... Such Officers in England as are appointed to the Sea Fencibles on the coast of Ireland, have received orders to repair to their several stations immediately. ..... "







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The Times, September 20th, 1803:

" ........... A few days since the Sea Fencibles at Exmouth went through their pike exercise. In the course of which they commenced a sham fight, when the supposed enemy were driven to take advantage of an eminence of a sandbank; but they were so closely pursued by their adversaries as to be obliged to make a precipitate retreat. The spectators were highly gratified by their manoeuvres, during which some lost their hats and wigs, others their shoes, and many fell on the sands. It is a fact, that the fight was so sharply contested that five or six men were slightly wounded. ....... "

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The Times, August 8th, 1801:

" ........... The Brixham Sea Fencibles, and the Brixham Trowl-Boat Owners have offered their services, in case of invasion, to any part of the coast. Each trowl-boat can well carry a small howitzer on the forecastle, being strong-built vessels, and drawing little water. ....... "

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