A Distressed Sailor

Destitute sailors temporarily without a ship or more often invalided out of service were a common sight both in Britain and abroad. While the loss of a limb might not effect the opportunities of a senior officer, for example Lord Nelson, a seaman who lost a leg or arm was unlikely to be able to continue in naval service. Despite the establishment of a number of charitable institutions for invalided sailors many were forced to resort to local charity and begging.

Object Details

ID: PAF3804
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Fores, S. W.
Date made: 1 Jan 1801
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Platemark: 353 mm x 251 mm; Primary support: 365 mm x 262 mm; Mount: 556 mm x 404 mm

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