Erin (rose_in_shadow) wrote in little_details,

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Age of Sail: Impressment

In the mid-1700s to early 1800s in Britain's Royal Navy, would it be likely that a member of the aristocracy would be kidnapped by the press gangs? (Assume that he's had a rough night and doesn't look his usual posh self *lol*) Wikipedia only says that usually men with some sea-faring experience were pressed, but doesn't state any of the unusual cases.

I've heard a rumor that a groom who had just left the church from his wedding was once pressed into service, but not sure how to verify that.
Tags: 1700s (no decades given), 1800s (no decades given), uk: military: historical

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