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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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Dockyard Manning

Dockyard Manning

(p.241) Chapter 6 Dockyard Manning
Yellow Jack and the Worm
Liverpool University Press

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.

Keywords:   shipyards, dock workers, ships, West Indies, labour supply, skilled workers, Jamaica, Antigua

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