This chapter focuses on the provision of ordnance stores in the Caribbean. The Board of Ordnance ensured that ships fitting for the West Indies had a full quota of guns and stores and, periodically, dispatched a supply of expendable stores to replenish those which had been consumed. The main problem in supplying stores to Jamaica and the Leeward Islands was the organization of convoys. The chapter discusses how the failure of the Admiralty to work out a system whereby the escorts and the storeships were ready at the same time caused unnecessary delays, which exacerbated the shortages that occurred in the Caribbean.
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