The Blockade of Brest and the Victualling of the Western Squadron, 1793-1805

By Michael Steer, published November 1990


The importance of keeping the Western Squadron fed and watered is discussed, with the different ways of supplying ships described. Returning part of the squadron to port was preferable to supplying at sea, although the latter method was also used. The article describes the different ports used and how supplies were ordered and stored. It details the costs and the type of supplies that were needed and some of the methods of storage.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | English Channel | French Revolution
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Manpower & Life at Sea

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