Despite the cleansing of the sailor image during the late Victorian era, many contemporaries viewed sailors’ predilection for drink as a worrying problem. In particular, Agnes Weston used the image of a drunken sailor riding a barrel to make her case for the temperance movement, although this portrayal was condemned by sailors. Yet, the image […]
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Sailors on Shore Leave During the First World War: reinforcing stereotypes of Jack Tar?
By Simon Smith on August 8, 2014 in article, notfeature
There remains a stereotypical image of Jack Tar as a man with loose morals who enjoyed himself ashore whenever he got the opportunity. Yet, how far this stereotype stands up has increasingly been questioned by historians. This article does not intend to join in this debate per se but rather to reflect on the stereotype […]