Sea Fare

By R. C. Holmes, published May 1949


Early modern food at sea was not all bad. There are accounts of sumptuous food being enjoyed on passage in sailing ships in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with rations for the ordinary men far in advance of those enforced by the Merchant Shipping Act 1906 or the Board of Trade scale laid down by Order in Council in 1945. There are tales of hardship, including instances of cannibalism at sea, but they should not be assumed to be the norm.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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