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Sailor ID cards shed light on maritime history

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In 1918, as World War One was drawing to a close, the government decided to document its merchant seamen.

They were the sailors whose ships had transported soldiers and imported supplies, to keep the home fires burning and the nation's tummies filled.

Because of their vital logistics role, these sailors were exempt from conscription.

However, with manpower running out, the government decided to document the men who were claiming to have gone to sea.


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