Pay And Prize Money In The Old Navy, 1776 - 1899

cshortridge73
6th May 2012, 15:49
BEAT THE ENEMY AND PAY YOUR BILLS!
Prize money for such victories as the Battle of Lake Champlain
enabled the U.S. Navy officer of earlier days to eke out his rather
meager Navy pay.
Up to the turn of the century, the legislators of the United States often seemed to have expected the officers of the Navy to be
gentleman on incomes which have been inadequate to maintain such a state of life.
Quite apart from the professional ability and competence which have been considered to be the distinguishing characteristics of the officer, his commission alone has traditionally serves as his introduction to strata of society where great wealth has been commonplace. He did not require a similar income, but he did need sufficient funds to cloth his rank with dignity; and due to annual fluctuations of value, he was not always solvent, to his own embarrassment and to the discredit of the service.

Link to article is below

PAY AND PRIZE MONEY IN THE OLD NAVY (https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B2KS6sfqM0fOZjZiMDY3NGUtYWNlNy00ZTNiLTkxN mEtNjVmYTZlMWRkYTFk)

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