vincent • Link
More about life beneath the scupper. From about 1660 to 1797 (the Spithead, Plymouth and Nore mutinies were in April and May of the latter year) the pay of an Ordinary Seaman had remained at 19 shillings, that of an Able Seaman at 24 shillings, a month. At the end of the period this rate of pay, fixed by law, was about one-quarter the pay of a seaman in the merchant service.
The title of purser is related to a bursar - a treasurer; it dates from the 14th century, and existed as a naval rank until 1852.
Michael Robinson • Link
Re-creating a seventeenth-century sea officer
Dr. Peter Le Fevre
Journal For Maritime Research: May 2001
The author uncovers information from the 17th Century Admiralty Records at the Public Record Office (now National Archives) to build a picture of life in the Navy during the period.
....Compared with the number of studies of the eighteenth century Navy, the seventeenth century Navy has been rather neglected. With the exception of Bernard Capp, David Davies, Sari Hornstein and John Ehrman. Few seventeenth-century naval historians have used the PRO admiralty papers. ...."