The Victualling Instructions of 1697

By J.R. Tanner, published February 1911


A volume of instructions for the regulation of the Navy has been placed in the hands of the Society by Vice Admiral Prince Louis of Battenberg. Whilst many of the printed instructions are available elsewhere, of special interest in this volume are the Victualling Instructions of 30th July 1697. The victualing department established during the interregnum had been abolished on the Restoration and the system of supplying by contract restored. In 1683, however, a state victualing department was re-established. The 1697 instructions closely follow the 1690 instructions, but introduce the system of paying ‘in course’ and require the Victualling Office to be established at the Treasury Office at Broad Street.

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Subjects include: Administration | Navies

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