HM Sloop Otter Inc

Sailor's Clothing

HM Sloop OTTER clothing

The British Navy had no set uniform for its ship's crews during our era of portrayal, but the styles of clothing were none the less very much the same, with the main focus being on functionality aboard ship.

Deserter ads and period artwork indicate that the bulk of seaman serving on Royal Navy vessels were wearing some form of sailor’s, or short, jackets; linen shirts; long or “narrow” trousers. The men also, in most cases, are described as wearing stockings, felt hats, and handkerchiefs. The best example of what we believe the typical Royal Navy sailor would be wearing is found in the painting "The Sailor's Return, 1779" seen below.

 sailor's return

Seaman’s Clothing

The Crew of HM Sloop OTTER will outfit itself as seen in the picture below. The requirements are listed in detail in our Sailor's manual, issued to each new member.

 HM Sloop Otter's sailor clothing


Historical Impressions

HM Sloop Otter sailor - Royal Navy Sailor during the American Revolutionary War.

Isle of Wight County Militia - a militiaman from southeastern Virginia during the American Revolution

Fort Norfolk Garrison, 1812 - 1815 - A soldier in the 20th U.S. Regiment, or a militiaman in the 2nd Virginia Regiment of Militia.

Members can be involved in all of these impressions or just one of them.

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