This chapter discusses the maintenance of naval stores in the West Indies. The Navy Board was tasked with ensuring the adequate supplies of naval stores, which basically encompassed everything to keep the ship, as opposed to the men, fit for sea. It included major items such as masts, yards, bowsprits, and timber of various kinds for repairs, as well as smaller items like capstan bars, oars for the ships' boats, and even nails. The Board was responsible for hiring and loading merchant ships to carry out stores, and requesting convoys from the Admiralty, and was represented in the West Indies by a naval storekeeper at each of the bases. It was his responsibility to forward his requirements to England periodically, to ensure that the Navy Board knew exactly what supplies were needed.
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