Dating navy rules
But the principal raids by press-gangs were on experienced seafarers, particularly those serving aboard merchant vessels.
The midshipman used to serve seven years on the lower deck and was roughly equivalent to a present day petty officer in rank and position.
Flag Officers wore cocked hats athwartships until 1825.
The cocked hat for men was replaced with a shiny black tarpaulin hat with the name of the ship on a broad black ribbon.
It was of such a length that a man aloft could open the knife with one arm outstretched, the other holding onto the rigging.
It was worn under the collar for comfort, appearance, and to prevent strangulation should the lanyard be grasped or caught below the turk's head.