Why did sailing ships so often employ Chinese cooks?

How did sailors keep food?

To preserve certain foods, such as meat and fish, they were dried, salted, smoked, or pickled. Sailors did not have cans so the meat/fish may have been packed in wood barrels or creates. Some ships carried live stock which was butchered and eaten during the voyage.

How did they keep food on ships?

Nowadays the industrial age has brought canning, freezing and refrigerating to preserve even food on ships. Although canned and preserved foods have entered into a cruise’s menu, an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables can be preserved through careful storage, refrigeration, and science.

What did sailors eat?

A collection of foodstuffs, including several of the following: bread, peas (dried), cheese, rice (dried), molasses, butter, flour, vinegar, something to resemble beef and pork, and a liquid to resemble sailor’s grog- whiskey mixed with water.

Did sailing ships have heating?

Heating in the old sailing ships, many of which were in use until the late 1870s, was almost non-existent. The only fire allowed on board was the one in the galley on which the food was prepared. Wood or coal was used as fuel. The cabin and sick bay were heated by hot shot partially buried in sand in an iron bucket.

Did sailing ships have kitchens?

The floor of the galley (ship’s kitchen) was often lined with sheets of tin, to prevent hot coals from setting the ship on fire. Also, the galley was usually located toward the rear of the ship, generally a more stable area.

Where did sailors eat on a ship?

Forward of the Food Service Area, the Scullery, and the Emergency Diesel Generator, you will find the Messdeck. This was the eating place and lounge for the enlisted crew.

How did sailors poop?

In sailing ships, the toilet was placed in the bow somewhat above the water line with vents or slots cut near the floor level allowing normal wave action to wash out the facility. Only the captain had a private toilet near his quarters, at the stern of the ship in the quarter gallery.

Did sailors eat rats?

Rats were a common pest on board ships and seamen often hunted them for entertainment and then ate them, reporting they tasted ‘nice and delicate… full as good as rabbits’. Another frequent pest were weevils, (a type of beetle) found in flour, biscuit and bread.