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Originally used to refer to the crews of 17th- and 18th-century ships, which contained men of many different nationalities.
- 1830 John Carne - Recollections of Travels in the East: Forming a Continuation of the Letters from the East
- Away they marched from the rocky region and miserable village where they were posted, a motley crew of Christians and Infidels, Catholics, Greeks, and adorers of the Prophet, all mingled together, to go and attack the holy city . . .