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Mentioned in another thread (under TV section, and Channel 4 films), is Hannah Snell.

Has anyone come across any more such ladies?

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The site,Women Warriors in the 18th Century details other women who served at sea; scroll down a little and look at the entry beneath Hannah Snell.

Listed a little below her is Jane Meace, another lady marine.

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Did marines have to undergo the same health inspections as the sailors? If so, how were the women not discovered I wonder? Was there some sort of "wink and a nod" thing going on?

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susan wrote:
Did marines have to undergo the same health inspections as the sailors? If so, how were the women not discovered I wonder? Was there some sort of "wink and a nod" thing going on?


I'm currently reading David Cordingly's Heroines and Harlots: Women at Sea in the Great Age of Sail which deals with this.

It indicates that some joined as marines because they did not undergo a strip search to which joining sailors were subject. It also says their biggest problem was using the toilet facilites but many stayed disguised for months or even years. Needless to say, the girls were youth-like in build not buxom ladies. :lol:

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Not quite a lady...

From The Cyclopaedia of Practical Medicine - Volume IV (1848) edited by John Forbes, MD; Alexander Tweedie, MD; and John Conolly, MD:

"A marine soldier, aged twenty-three years, in the year 1779 was admitted a patient into the Royal Naval Hospital at Plymouth, under the care of Sir E. Home. He had been there only a few days when a suspicion arose of his being a woman, which induced Sir. E. Home to examine into the circumstances."

During the exam (won't get into the graphic details here), it was discovered that the marine was a hermaphrodite.

In such a case, would s/he have been dismissed from the service or would s/he been allowed to continue on?

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