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Inhaltsangabe: The prevailing image of food at sea in the age of sail features rotting meat and weevily biscuits, but this highly original book proves beyond doubt that this was never the norm. Building on much recent research Janet Macdonald shows how the sailor's official diet was better than he was likely to enjoy ashore, and of ample calorific value for his highly active shipboard life. When trouble flared and food was a major grievance in the great mutinies of 1797 the usual reason was the abuse of the system. This system was an amazing achievement. At the height of the Napoleonic Wars the Royal Navy's administrators fed a fleet of more than 100,000 men, in ships that often spent months on end at sea. Despite the difficulty of preserving food before the advent of refrigeration and meat-canning, the British fleet had largely eradicated scurvy and other dietary disorders by 1800. This was the responsibility of the Victualling Board, a much-maligned but generally efficient bureaucracy that organized the preparing and packing of meat, the brewing of beer, the baking of ship's biscuit, and all the logistics of the Navy and on an industrial scale unparalleled elsewhere. Once aboard ship food and drink was subject to stringent controls to ensure fairness, and this book takes a fresh look at the tarnished reputations of Purser and Cook, before turning to the ways both officers and men were able to supplement their official rations, including the keeping of livestock on board. A chapter compares provisions in the other major navies of the time, and the book concludes with recipes for some of the exotic sounding dishes, like lobscouse, prepared by naval cooks. While Feeding Nelson's Navy contains much of value to the historian, it is written with a popular touch that will enthral anyone with an interest in life at sea in the age of sail.
This celebration of the Georgian sailor?s diet reveals how the navy?s administrators fed a fleet of more than 150,000 men, in ships that were often at sea for months on end and that had no recourse to either refrigeration or canning. Contrary to the prevailing image of rotten meat and weevily biscuits their diet was a surprisingly hearty mixture of beer, brandy, salt beef and pork, pease, butter, cheese, hard biscuit and the exotic sounding lobscouse, not to mention the Malaga raisins, oranges, lemons, figs, dates and pumpkins which were available to ships on far-distant stations. In fact, by 1800 the British fleet had largely eradicated scurvy and other dietary disorders.
While this scholarly work contains much of value to the historian, the author?s popular touch makes this an enthralling story for anyone with an interest in life at sea in the age of sail.
Buchbeschreibung Chatham Publishing, UK, 2006. Soft Cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Well written account of how the Royal Navy was fed. pp224, illus. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 010603
Buchbeschreibung Naval Inst Pr, 2006. Paperback. Buchzustand: Brand New. 224 pages. 8.25x5.25x0.75 inches. In Stock. Buchnummer des Verkäufers zk1861762887
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Buchbeschreibung US Naval Institute Press, 2006. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P021861762887
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Buchbeschreibung US Naval Institute Press, 2006. Paperback. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P111861762887