Press-ganging

Don't know about that but they lied to me in a big way to get me in.....
And I fell for it, what do you mean I am not going to be based in Hong Kong for my time???
 

PartTimer

War Hero
I was told back in the 1980s that the laws covering Press Gangs had never been repealed and were therefore still on the statute books. Anyone know if this is still the case?
 

dondon

MIA
Just been on that SITE that Janner posted , very interesting but had to squint to read it , or maybe I need to get my arse out to specsavers :twisted: :roll:
 
When I was 15 years and 9 days old I was walking along the platform at Ipswich railway Station on a day trip up from home, minding my own business and being a good little boy when a man in a dark uniform and a funny looking hat shouted at me and a small group of other lads who also happened to be at the same place and herded us into a coach with bars on the windows. Next thing I knew I was being driven through the gates of a place called The Annexe and the gates were slammed shut behind us. The rest is history. Now I would call that impressment. I was deeply impressed! :lol:
 

andym

War Hero
It was repealed in 1812.As stated on the site linked above.It was one of the major reasons for the little known war between ourselves and the blossoming USA.Due to the time it took to recieve messages, the War was declared by the US, citing empressment as a Causus Belli,but it had been repealed before the declaration of War,but the US Govt werent party to this info till too late.So in effect the US had no claim upon us re Pressing of seamen.Sounds familiar,dont it?LOL
 

mophead

Lantern Swinger
andym said:
It was repealed in 1812.As stated on the site linked above.It was one of the major reasons for the little known war between ourselves and the blossoming USA.Due to the time it took to recieve messages, the War was declared by the US, citing empressment as a Causus Belli,but it had been repealed before the declaration of War,but the US Govt werent party to this info till too late.So in effect the US had no claim upon us re Pressing of seamen.Sounds familiar,dont it?LOL
Andy,it wass our habit of stopping neutral ships,not just US one, and checking for Contraband of War that started the US/British war of 1812
 

andym

War Hero
Well the Causus Belli cited by congress was the Impressment of bona fide US citizens,who had been RN personell in the past.As such the RN was in the right to repress those seamen that had reneged on the RN.This was in addition as you rightly say in stopping Neutrals as well.it was seen as harbouring Runaway Servicemen and as such we seemed to think that we had the right to retrieve them.LOL.The War of 1812 is a very interesting but little known conflict.recenty the History channel did a great programme about it.
 

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