Victorian Bluejacket
Victorian Bluejacket

The Bluejackets Rigs Victorian Bluejacket

Victorian Bluejacket

Before 1859 there was no naval uniform, but there were fashions preferred by seamen that marked them out from landsmen. This included a jacket with short coat tails as they would often be sitting on them, and loose trousers to allowed them to be rolled up when working on deck.

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14 - Tarpaulin

A broad brimmed hat that had been painted or tarred to make it more water resistant.

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38 - Cap Tally

A band of material that wraps a sailor's cap showing the name of the ship of establishment that they belong to

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12 - Kerchief

The kerchief was a loosely neck cloth. The sloppiness contrasts it with the neatly tied neck ties favoured by the well off ashore.

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11 - Checked Shirt

These were basically the same as would be found on land, but typically with a stripped or checked pattern.

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20 - Bluejacket

A short round jacket

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10 - Bell-Bottoms

loose legged trousers