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This section highlights the ways that religion, race and class moderated the experiences of sailors afloat and on shore through agents such as missions to seamen, sailors’ homes and maritime enterprises. 

James Holland, The Mission Cutter Eirene, Bristol Channel, 1843.

How did mariners engage with port life in the long nineteenth century? Their employment and social life was often mediated and controlled by a range of organisations and institutions. This section has links to more information on the maritime missions that engaged and interacted with mariners, as well as the sailors' homes that offered accommodation or support to itinerant mariners from around the world who came to British ports. It includes short stories on the shipping companies that shaped their lives as well.

Citation for this article

Sumita Mukherjee, 'What' Mariners: Race, Religion and Empire in British Ports 1801-1914,
Retrieved 25 June 2024