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Author Topic: Naval Cannibalism was technically legal?  (Read 757 times)
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« on: January 05, 2019, 05:18:52 pm »

"Rum, sodomy and the lash" -and the occasion bit of long pork...

A mildly humorous and disturbing Twitter thread...

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Tomorrow I'll tell you how cannibalism was just a normal thing for Victorian sailors & how it was only in 1884 that it was made clear to everyone that it wasn't legal to kill and eat people no matter what the circumstances, and how the Victorian public were Very Angry about that.
https://twitter.com/JayHulmePoet/status/1076799054066135043
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 05:19:50 pm »

Midshipman Smith-Jones: "I eventually learned why the officer in charge of the press gang always directed us to shanghai new "recruits" who looked well-fed..."

"A Royal Navy Officer's Guide to Selecting Crew for Flavour and Nutrition."
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2019, 10:19:48 pm »

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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2019, 08:01:49 am »

"The Queen v. Dudley and Stephens"

a rather nice wikipedia article describes it in detail, oddly it was not the cannibalism, but the murder for which they were tried:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_v_Dudley_and_Stephens

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