Resource/books: Officers’ accommodation

4 January, 2008 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

I’m currently writing a review of “Boys at Sea” by Professor B.R. Burg, which I will post later on. However, this excerpt here deserves its own entry, because it could be useful to many of us writers.

“(…) Admirals and captains occupied commodious cabins by shipboard standards. Lieutenants generally berthed in the wardroom, an area occupying the aft portion of the main deck and usually partitioned off from it by a temporary bulkhead. Down each side of the wardroom and between the guns, cabins were provided for the lieutenants. The partitions were of wood until 1757 when the Admiralty ordered they be made of canvas so that they could be quickly triced up when clearing the decks for action. The first lieutenant traditionally occupied the aftermost cabin on the port side. A door in the wardroom led to the quarter galleries where the officers’ toilets were situated. The cabins were scarcely large enough to hold their occupants, a sea chest, a cot or bedframe suspended from the beams, and a few personal belongings, but they did have privacy, a benefit increasingly prized by the middling and upper classes of the age. (…)”

Looks like I got it right in my book and my stories in general. Phew! I think I remember having read a story once where the first lieutenant was sleeping in a “king-sized bed” – wrong on so many levels! But certainly more comfortable… 😉

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