Sunday, April 14, 2013

Seafaring Sunday: Royal Navy Uniform

April 13, 1748: The first official uniform was prescribed for officers in the Royal Navy of Britain. The standard included a white waistcoat, breeches and stockings, a blue coat with cuffs and gold buttons, and a black, tricorn hat with gold lace and cockade.

For a more in depth discussion of this milestone, see this excellent post at Not By Appointment, where the above example of the original captain's undress uniform came from.

6 comments:

Timmy! said...

Looks super comfortable, Pauline!

blueloulogan said...

I have to remember this: there was no standard Navy uniform during the Golden Era of piracy. So, who knows what Maynard was wearing when he took Blackbeard, or what Woodes Rogers had on as he reached New Providence.

Pauline said...

Timmy!: I know; itchy.

Lou: True story. Hopefully, Governor Rogers was dressed in a fairly formal suit. Maynard, on the other hand, you would hope not.

David said...

Glad you like the image and post about the 1748 uniform; I posted a lot of other images of officers' uniforms of the Royal Navy 1748 on my blog somewhat later than that one and you can easily find all of those if you search on Royal Navy on the blog.

Good luck with your blog - lots of interesting things on it. :-)

Cheers,

David
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Pauline said...

David: Love your blog. Thank you so much for supplying the added info!

David said...

Thanks, Pauline. :-) I'm glad the extra information helps too.

Cheers,

David
http://nba-sywtemplates.blogspot.co.uk/