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MERCHANT NAVY UNIFORMS



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    MERCHANT NAVY UNIFORMS


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    ORIGINAL CONTENT FROM- www.marine-observer.com ,know more about the maritime history, Merchant Navy Trends and Life.
     
    Aspiring cadets and seamen are fascinated by Merchant Navy Uniform, hence I would like to present a better picture of various Merchant Navy Uniforms in trend in history as well as in modern times.

    Uniforms display and are a source of pride for their wearers. Many members of the were never required to wear a uniform. Uniforms came into popular culture of Merchant navy when large which carried passengers started using systems of stripes and badges. These helped to identify crew from passengers, officers from seamen or ratings, as well as encouraging discipline, this was the birth of Merchant Navy uniforms in Britain and part of Europe.

    In India till date we are using the same Merchant Navy cap badges that were issued in 1940,In great Britain. However the official uniform insignia issued by Admiralty,Britain, is not in popular culture. Many companies at the same time retained badges that were popular. These uniforms were always kept optional, hence it is well understood that uniforms were exclusively made for Royal Navy (Naval force) and were optional for the administration of Merchant Navy. These Merchant Navy uniforms closely resemble to those of the Royal Navy. Ratings/seamen were also given certain uniforms but could never come into popular culture. There was no uniform in Merchant Navy - merely a small lapel button with the letters MN on it.

    As pointed out by shadypirates :
    A sailor's work clothes did not differ very greatly from those worn by peasants on land, except for the coat or jerkin in place of the doublet. Certainly there was nothing that could be described as any sort of general uniform which differentiated the seaman from the landsman, or even was common amongst all seaman, "every man dressed as seemed good in his eyes" Sailor here refers to ratings and seamen.
    Prior to 1748 officers, and captains of ships in particular, had worn what they pleased. It has been recorded that one captain had worn a plain black tailcoat and a white top hat. This type of headgear may seem out of place at sea but was commonly worn until 1850 or later.<br /><br />
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    X MERCHANT NAVY UNIFORM BUTTONS
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    These buttons depict, how buttons were used in uniforms of  a Merchant Navy Officer, were similar to Royal Navy buttons.
    Four of a set of twelve circular brass buttons for a Merchant Navy officer's uniform. The raised design depicts a slightly modified naval crown before an anchor within a braided rope surround. The reverse displays a maker's mark - R. Macleod (6) Rd 664376. The naval crown, of alternate sterns and topsails, dates back to the early 18th century and is also known as Nelson's crown, as it was used to commemorate his victory at Copenhagen in 1801. The official uniform of the Merchant Navy was introduced by the Board of Trade in 1918. An officer's uniform jacket displays eight brass buttons running vertically down the front in two rows, while six buttons distinguish those who are not officers. picture will be posted along the article.
    buttons history source:Swansea Museum,landore
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      X Merchant Navy Cap Badge and Badges
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      various kinds of badges were in popular use, but most popular ones were as depicted below,by commonwealth,of which India is also a part of.
      Merchant Navy Cap Badge and Badges

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        X Insignia issued in 1940, Admirality,Britain(optional) (part:MNU)
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        These Insignia's were permitted by Admiralty,in 1940,and were optional up to the administration of company.
        Insignia issued in 1940 Admirality Britain optional part MNU

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          X Insignia issued in 1940, Admirality,Britain(optional) (part:MNU)2
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          These Insignia's were permitted by Admiralty,in 1940,and were optional up to the administration of company.An extensive picture.Insignia issued in 1940 Admirality Britain optional part MNU 2

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            X COMPANY CAP BADGE.
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            A very popular cap badge of British Tanker company, BP Shipping today. Companies often used to assign their own badges.
            COMPANY CAP BADGE

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              X Merchant Navy Officers in Uniform (part of: main topic: MNU)
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              CAPTAIN EDWARD SMITH OF RMS TITANIC. WITH FIRST OFFICER AND CHIEF OFFICER.Merchant Navy Officers in Uniform part of main topic MNU

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                X INSIGNIA, DECK DEPT. WITHOUT DIAMOND.
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                These insignias don't have diamond, usually officers will have diamond at the first stripe. except trainee officers or cadets.
                INSIGNIA DECK DEPT WITHOUT DIAMOND

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                  X INSIGNIA,ENGINE DEPT. WITHOUT DIAMOND.
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                  These insignias don't have diamond, usually officers will have diamond at the first stripe. except trainee officers or cadets.
                  INSIGNIA ENGINE DEPT WITHOUT DIAMOND

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                    X Standard Merchant Navy Insignia.( part of MERCHANT NAVY UNIFORMS)
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                    This insignia came into force in 1940 under the British, and during second world war, this uniform is extensively used.This consists of a middle diamond with side stripes,being denser with rank. Here as given in the picture the level of picture depicts his seniority level.
                    Standard Merchant Navy Insignia part of MERCHANT NAVY UNIFORMS

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