Mutiny at Spithead
April to 15 May, 1797
"Wooden Walls" showed signs of cracking
in 1797, when the Admiralty's disregard for its sailors'
conditions led to the Channel Fleet's refusal to sail.
a pay rise, the first in more than a century, the
sailors also reacted against their appalling life
on board a Royal Navy ship.
two weeks the mutineers, led by elected delegates,
tried to deal with the Admiralty, but talks broke
down starting a small amount of violence.
situation was calmed and Admiral Lord Howe negotiated
an agreement that saw a Royal Pardon for all crews,
together with a pay rise and better living conditions.
of the relatively peaceful way in which the sailors
handled themselves there were no reprisals against
second, more serious mutiny occurred at the