Archive Results For: Health at Sea

Document: Captain’s Orders for HMS Superb 1803-4 Part I

By courtesy of non-attributed contributor

The document contains the first 22 paragraphs of Captain Keats’ orders for the upkeep and cleanliness of both the vessel and the members of the crew. Interestingly it also lays down the rules governing the entertaining of women aboard ship whilst in port. Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Health at Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Seventeenth Century ‘Profiteering’ in the Royal Navy

By Isobel G. Powell

Naval supplies were not the only way for the unscrupulous to make a profit. Pressed seafarers generally arrived onboard with just the clothes they wore and at the end of a term of service they were left with just filthy rags. In 1623 the problem was addressed by the sale of “provant clothes” or “slops”, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Health at Sea | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

Document: Captain’s Orders for a Ship of the Indian Navy about 1855

By courtesy of Paymaster Lieutenant D. C. Roe RN

This extensive document, signed by J. G. Nixon, gives very specific orders as to how the crew and officers will perform their duties when both in harbour and at sea. Times of specific tasks to be carried out each day are carefully recorded, as indeed are the clothes to be worn. The order also lists […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Health at Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

Document: Rum

By Contributed by R. C. Anderson

This letter of March 1688 from Samuel Pepys to the senior officers of the Navy informed them of the decision to supply naval personnel operating from Jamaica with rum instead of the usual brandy. Read More

Filed under: Nine Years' War | Health at Sea | Caribbean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Extracts from a Slaver’s Log

By F.C. Prideaux Naish

This transcription is drawn from the log of Walter Prideaux, supercargo of the slave ship Daniel and Henry. The voyage between Dartmouth, the Guinea Coast and Jamaica took place between February and November 1700, and involved five months of trading on the West African coast. Goods (including textiles, weapons and metal objects) valued at over […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Eighteenth C) | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

Document: Grog

By courtesy of L. G. Carr Laughton

This short article reproduces in full the order issued on 21 August, 1740 by Edward Vernon, Vice-Admiral and Commander-in-Chief in the West Indies. His order dispensed with the previous practice of serving neat rum and replaced it with half a pint of rum mixed with a quart of water. So marked was the improvement in […] Read More

Filed under: Austrian Succession | Mutiny & Discipline | Health at Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies

Document: Seamen’s Clothes Part V

By courtesy of W. G. Perrin

No further regulations were issued after 1641 regarding the vending of clothes on his Majesty’s ships but Perrin reproduces two lists of 1656 and 1663, showing purchase prices and clothes returned following the completion of commissions. The remainder of the article consists of a copy of a new, thirteen paragraph set of regulations issued in […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Health at Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

Document: Seamen’s Clothes Part II

By courtesy of W. G. Perrin

The document reproduced here details the instructions to ships’ Pursers on how they should deal with the receipt and issuing of clothes provided ‘for the benefit and health of poor Mariners and Seamen employed in his Majesty’s service’. Although undated Perrin concludes that it must have been issued at about the same time, January 1628, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Health at Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

Document: Seamen’s Clothes Part I

By courtesy of W. G. Perrin

The document reproduced in the article is part of Edward Nicholas’ (Secretary to the Duke of Buckingham, the Lord High Admiral), collection of letters and orders. It is important as it appears to be the first attempt to supply the seamen of the Royal Navy with clothing fit for purpose. Prior to its issue on […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Health at Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

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