Connecting Past to the Present – Lascars- Asian Seafarers

Royal Albert Docks
1936

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The Lascars were seafarers from the Subcontinent of India and were employed on British ships to replace British sailors who abandoned their posts because of the appalling work conditions.

Lascars Royal Albert Dock

The Lascars were seafarers from the Subcontinent of India and were employed on British ships to replace British sailors who abandoned their posts because of the appalling work conditions.

The Lascars worked as cooks, machine cleaners, coal carriers and in the engine room stoking coal in up to 40-degree heat.

Sadly the Lascars were treated badly and like the English men, many jumped ship. Some sailors were even abandoned by their employers without pay.

Unable to return home the Lascars settled in East London and married local women.

Mapof India by Irvine. 1899 (CC)
Three Lascars on the Viceroy of India (CC)

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