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Yellow Jack and the WormBritish Naval Administration in the West Indies, 1739-1748$
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Duncan Crewe

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780853232674

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317361

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(p.145) Chapter 4 Victualling
Yellow Jack and the Worm
Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the provisioning of ships in the West Indies – a task performed by the Victualling Board, which was charged with ensuring that supplies were available wherever they were needed, and with providing the necessary storage space for them. While it was easy for the Victualling Commissioners to work out what was needed, the distances involved and the perishable nature of the supplies meant that it was very hard to ensure that the navy's demands were met. The difficulties were compounded by the inability of the islands to provide provisions, and the rapacious actions of both the civil authorities and the navy's own employees.

Keywords:   ships, provisions, West Indies, Victualling Board, supplies, British navy

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