Since "uncleanliness "was never precisely defined, it is evident that captains, if they desired to avoid the more severe punishments meted out by general courts martial, had informal alternatives when dealing with homosexuality. Detail from The Guardian frigate, commanded by Lieutenant Riou, surrounded by islands of ice in the South Seas, on which she struck 24th December , in her passage to Botany Bay, with the departure of the crew in the jolly boat , published by Carington Bowles, , Yale University Lewis Walpole Library. I am just reading your story Bridgemont, I really like it. It was and remains the "underground" crime par excellence. Our biggest problem now is one of perception. In his trial for 'sodomy' at the Old Bailey, William called numerous character witnesses to his defense who testified that he 'always behaved as one that had an affection to women,' was 'frequently in women's company,' and that 'he loves the company of women a thousand times more than men.
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This is what it’s like to be out in the Royal Navy
On a naval ship back then there wasn't any pussy at all unless they were transporting women. They didn't worry about "safe sex" because they had no idea what that meant. The research for this book tends to confirm these findings, just three references to sodomy having been discovered. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. Detail from The Guardian frigate, commanded by Lieutenant Riou, surrounded by islands of ice in the South Seas, on which she struck 24th December , in her passage to Botany Bay, with the departure of the crew in the jolly boat , published by Carington Bowles, , Yale University Lewis Walpole Library.
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What it's like to be gay in the Armed Forces
Cecil Adams wrote a derivative article on the topic , which is interesting. In one of the few written references in the navy, unfortunately from a later period, a British officer reported: My cat died, and it affected me as much as losing my dad. This is one of the few primary sources that directly addresses this impression. They had no idea what homosexuality was in those days. In that novel, the author John Cleland wrote an explicit scene were Fanny and a common sailor do the deed.
Description:In the warships, I would say that the sailor preferred it. I also went back to sea as head of department for a destroyer. The words are not synonymous. British society believed that a lack of access to women gave rise to homosexuality, and there was perhaps no place in the eighteenth century so exclusively male as the navy. I have been told that in some services the Austrian and French, for instance , nobody ever remarks about it, taking such a thing as a natural proceeding: