Conditions in Nelson’s navy uncovered by scientists – Telegraph

Sailors in Admiral Nelson’s navy were plagued by scurvy, ridden with syphilis and often mutilated by amputations but only a minority were from lowest social class, Oxford University archaeologists have found.

via Conditions in Nelson’s navy uncovered by scientists – Telegraph.

Life in the Royal Navy was tough. But then, life anywhere back then was tough. It was just accepted that was the way things were.