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Spithead

Spithead, eastern part of the channel between Hampshire, England, and the Isle of Wight. In 1797 a celebrated wartime mutiny occurred in the fleet stationed at Spithead: the crews sent the officers ashore, ran the ships by committee, and won their demands for better wages and working conditions.

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