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Merchant Shipping Act 1894

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TWELFTH SCHEDULEWater and Provisions

Water and provisions shall be issued to the steerage passengers according to the following dietary scales; (that is to say)

Water

Three quarts daily to each statute adult, exclusive of the quantity necessary, for cooking any article issued under this schedule in a cooked state.

Provisions

Weekly, per statute adult:—

Scale A.

For Voyages not exceeding 84 Days for Sailing Ships or 50 Days for Steamships of Ships having Steam Power in aid of Sails.

Scale B.

For Voyages exceeding 84 Days for Sailing Vessels or 50 Days for Steamships or Ships having Steam Power in aid of Sails.

lbs.ozs.lbs.ozs.
Bread or biscuit, not inferior to navy biscuit3838
Wheaten flour1020
Oatmeal1810
Rice1808
Peas1818
Beef1414
Pork1010
Butter04
Potatoes2020
Sugar1010
Tea0202
Salt0202
Mustard00 ½00 ½
Pepper (white or black), ground00 ¼00 ¼
VinegarOne gill.One gill.
Preserved meat10
Suet06
Raisins08
Lime juice06
(See below)

Substitutions

Substitutions at the following rates may, at the option of the master of any emigrant ship, be made in the above dietary scales, as follows; (that is to say,)

1 ¼ lb. of soft bread baked on boardfor1 lb. of flour, or 1 lb. of biscuit,
or 1 ¼ lb. of oatmeal, or 1 lb.
of rice, or 1 lb. of peas.
1 lb. of preserved meatfor1 lb. of salt pork or beef.
1 lb. of flour or of bread or biscuit, or ½ lb. of beef or of porkfor1 ¼ lb. of oatmeal, or 1 lb. of rice, or 1 lb. of peas.
1 lb. of ricefor1 ¼ lb. of oatmeal, or vice versa.
¼ lb. of preserved potatoesfor1 lb. of potatoes.
10 oz. of currantsfor8 oz. of raisins.
3 ½ oz. of cocoa or of coffee, roasted and groundfor2 oz. of tea.
¾ lb. of treaclefor½ lb. of sugar.
1 gill of mixed picklesfor1 gill of vinegar.

Provided that the substituted articles are set forth in the contract tickets of the steerage passengers.

Regulations as to Lime Juice

When the ship is not in the Tropics, it shall not be obligatory to issue lime juice, but lime juice may be issued at the discretion of the. medical practitioner on board, or if there is no such medical practitioner, at the discretion of the master.

Regulations as to Messes and Issue of Provisions

(1)Steerage passengers may be divided into messes, but a mess shall not consist of more than ten statute adults.

(2)Members of the same family, whereof one at least is a male adult, shall be allowed to form a separate mess.

(3)Water and provisions according to the above scales shall be issued daily before two o'clock in the afternoon to the head person for the time being of each mess, on behalf and for the use of the members thereof.

(4)The first of the issues shall be made before two o'clock in the afternoon of the day of embarkation to such of the steerage passengers as are then on board.

(5)Such provisions as require to be cooked shall be issued in a properly cooked state.

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