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Fit to serve in the 19th Century Merchant Navy?
« on: Tuesday 12 March 13 21:50 GMT (UK) »
No specific lookups on this but a note of curiosity

My GGG Grandfather was medically discharged from the Royal Marine Light Infantry in 1878 suffering from Pthisis

Yet he was registered as an Able-bodied seaman and continued to sail from 1879 until he died at sea in 1907

My question is were there any basic health checks for new crew in the MN around that time? Im curious how someone suffering a TB-type illness would be able to sign up?

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