This chapter discusses the damage that occurred to ships in the Caribbean and the facilities which were eventually provided. Maintaining the seaworthiness of ships was another responsibility of the administration of the Caribbean. Facilities were needed to replace expendable stores, to repair the damage that arose during the normal course of service, and to carry out large scale repairs on ships damaged during battle or severe weather. Ships serving in the Caribbean also had to be cleaned periodically to prevent them being destroyed by the teredo navalis, a worm that thrived in tropical waters, and which ate its way through the hulls of wooden ships. Consequently, yard facilities had to be provided, together with a supply of the necessary stores and sufficient skilled labour to do the work.
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