Lower Deck Reforms from 1900 - 1919

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How were changes in the treatment of sailors brought about?

The Victorian Navy- Postcard of pay parade
The Victorian Navy - Postcard of pay parade (RNM)

A sailor in the mid 19th century would have felt at home on one of Nelson's ships at Trafalgar in 1805. By the end of the century, however, with the rapid technological advances, he would have found himself lost on the new ships of the British Navy. A new Navy demanded a new structure, attitude and discipline. The period 1900-1919 shows the beginning of this development. The practices at the turn of the century were now becoming inefficient and wasteful.

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