Of all the uses to which the concertina has been put, its use by sailors on board ships in the late nineteenth
century has created its most indelible image, both in the eyes of the public and in the minds of writers of that era.
This article explores the history of its use on ships, as well as the reasons for its disappearance there in the early
This article, published first on this website, is available as a free downloadable PDF file, for individual use. Further
distribution and commercial use are prohibited without the written permission of the author.
© Dan M. Worrall, 2008
Note: This 2008 research article is now a bit obsolete, as it was expanded and updated in 2009 for The Anglo-
German Concertina: A Social History (see Home Page).
Sailors of the HMS Orlando, 1890