This chapter discusses the manpower shortage in dockyard facilities in Jamaica and Antigua. The West Indies was an unpopular station because of its health risks. English dockyard workers were well aware of the ravages caused by yellow fever, and were naturally reluctant to serve there. The problem was compounded by the lack of necessary skilled workers among the white population of the islands, and the high civilian wages available outside the naval yards to those with the skills. Given these local circumstances the only feasible sources of labour remained the dockyards in England, despite the difficulty of persuading men to serve in the West Indies.
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