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.
S.W. Fores (publisher)
Original size: 365 mm x 262 mm
- Image reference: PW3804
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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