Greenie said:The press gang and impressment rules was a part reason for the American War of independance the press gangs were invading American ships and taking crew members .
Americans were supposed to have a certificate of domicile or something and the RN was ignoring the paperwork !!
The practice of collecting 'deserters' from US flagged ships was certainly not appreciated by the septics at the time although because of the general shortage of seamen caused by the war they were known to actively support and perhaps even encourage deserters. It was cited by the septics as one of the main reasons for the war but the primary reason was they thought, wrongly as it turned out that they could nick Canada easily. In reality the War of 1812 was little more than an ill thought out land grab that went wrong.