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164 In fact, petty thievery and wholesale stealing proved serious wartime problems. 165 Even though thieves were scorned, shamed, and punished viciously, stealing seemed to be the custom on every ship, gunboat, steamer, and tug of the Union navy. Sailors routinely stole from each other. Former soldier William Van Cleaf moaned that he was on the ship no more than a few minutes when his pocketbook and stamps were stolen. ’’ Theft aboard his ship proved so rampant that Seaman Carsten B. 167 An encounter with someone less fortunate than they were almost always triggered this impulse.

Instead, what men discovered was that becoming a sailor was an incredibly difficult process. Unlike soldiers, who only had to make a few primary adjustments within a familiar physical and social environment, sailors discovered that in order to assimilate they had to make fundamental adjustments to their bodies as well as to their minds. Yankee seamen not only had to leave land; they had to live within the tight confines of a ship without family, friends, and most importantly, women. As if this were not enough, recruits also had to acquire the technical skills necessary to navigate a ship, the essential task of a seaman, and learn to fight on one, the essential job of a sailor.

Unlike soldiers, who only had to make a few primary adjustments within a familiar physical and social environment, sailors discovered that in order to assimilate they had to make fundamental adjustments to their bodies as well as to their minds. Yankee seamen not only had to leave land; they had to live within the tight confines of a ship without family, friends, and most importantly, women. As if this were not enough, recruits also had to acquire the technical skills necessary to navigate a ship, the essential task of a seaman, and learn to fight on one, the essential job of a sailor.

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