Trained Cooks and Healthy Boys: Reforming the Mess in the Royal Navy before the First World War

By Yuriko Akiyama PhD, published November 2008


Investigates the development of training chiefs for both the Navy and the training scheme for boys at Greenwich School. A broad overview is given leading up to the change in the late 19th and early 20th century. The article accepts the fact that the development of hygiene and good food contributed to the overall improved health and welfare of those on board. It focuses on the reform of the mess and cooking arrangements to both sailors and the training of naval boys. Contemporary research was undertaken by the Navy and this lead to further research, the development of training schools, the formation of Nautical Cookery School and the setting up of the Committee of Naval Cookery in 1905.

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

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