Mutiny at Spithead

16 April to 15 May, 1797

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Britain's "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.

Demanding a pay rise, the first in more than a century, the sailors also reacted against their appalling life on board a Royal Navy ship.

For two weeks the mutineers, led by elected delegates, tried to deal with the Admiralty, but talks broke down starting a small amount of violence.

The 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.

Because of the relatively peaceful way in which the sailors handled themselves there were no reprisals against the mutineers.

A second, more serious mutiny occurred at the Nore.

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