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.
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