from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Pay received or due for actual service in a sea-going ship.
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The United States again aided, not only putting Kane on sea-pay, but also attached ten men of the Navy, under government pay.
Many abuses prevailed in the administration of the navy before his time; money voted for repairs was applied to other purposes, stores were paid for which were used for private gain, sea-pay was drawn for men who existed only on paper.
December, 1877, both to grant sea-pay, &c., to the officer and eighteen men of the Royal Navy, who might take part in the expedition in question, and at the same time to resolve on making a proposal to the Diet in which additional grants were to be asked for it.
The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II Alexander Leslie 1866