Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Yellow Jack and the WormBritish Naval Administration in the West Indies, 1739-1748$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Duncan Crewe

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780853232674

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317361

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 23 September 2018

Manning – The Scale of the Problem

Manning – The Scale of the Problem

(p.63) Chapter 2 Manning – The Scale of the Problem
Yellow Jack and the Worm
Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the shortage of manpower for ships in the West Indies. Sickness was the single biggest cause of ships being short of men. Much of the effort expended trying to cure the sick was aimed at recovering as many men as possible for the service. The possibility of getting sick also discouraged men from voluntarily serving in the Caribbean, while those compelled to do so were often more prepared to risk punishment for desertion than to wait for death from yellow fever. Desertion was another serious problem, particularly in wartime, when the captains of merchant ships, and privateers desperate for crews, were often prepared to help deserters evade the clutches of the navy. The problem of manpower wastage was compounded by the very limited recruiting options open to the navy.

Keywords:   ships, sailors, seamen, sickness, Caribbean, deserters, desertion, British navy, recruitment

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.