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The Press Gang: Forced naval service

Press gang, British caricature of 1780

PortandTerminal.com, January 23, 2020 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – What do you do when you’re short of men and have a vast naval fleet to man? During the age of sail in England, from the mid-16th to the mid-19th century, the answer was impressment. The practice of manning naval ships with “pressed” men, those who were forcibly placed into service, was …

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