The title page of Royal Caroline's logbook with the signature of her first captain, Sir Charles Molloy.
sailor shared his with a shipmate from the other watch. Royal Caroline's crew had the unusual luxury of bunks, even though they were in the depths of the hold, partly below the waterline. This was probably greatly appreciated by the men from warships who were used to sharing a simple hammock, one of hundreds crammed in tight rows on the gun deck.
The ship's officers, who, in addition to the captain, also lodged in rather spartan fashion between decks, were the Gunner, usually a lieutenant, the Surgeon and the Master. Then there were two midshipmen. The petty officers had even more restricted private quarters which, however, were much envied because they allowed a minimum of privacy for writing a letter, reading, or simply resting. Private quarters, though tiny, were a status symbol. The petty officers who enjoyed these privileges were the Boatswain and the Carpenter. The captain had six servants (lodged in tiny cubby-holes at the far end of the stern) a steward and a clerk. Then there were the other rates who shared cabins in twos or threes, with their own bunk, sea-chest and perhaps a communal table and cupboard. They were the six gunner's mates and the sailing master's three. In all there was provision for seventy men, which corresponds exactly to the paybook and to Captain Molloy's entry in the log (28 February 1750).
Compared to the average English seaman's life of those days the crew of Royal Caroline were fortunate. Life was normally peaceful, riding at anchor in Greenwich or Deptford. Every day the Captain read from the Articles (almost always it was the Articles of War) as was the case on board all of His Britannic Majesty's ships. These were portentious clauses threatening floggings and even death for the slightest transgression, but such punishments were not called for on board Royal Caroline. The logbook reports twelve lashes of the cat inflicted on a certain Samuel Jones on 5 March 1766, and that is all.
The logbooks show that maintenance work was a constant necessity, which helped the officers keep the men busy. In all probability the petty officers and the most reliable seamen were given shore leave when off duty, and the chance to check that the local ale was still drinkable and other amusements still available.
When His Majesty decided to use the yacht, she became a hive of activity, with stores loaded rapidly and the other departure preparations swiftly made. Members of the crew were often lent to other ships when they were short due to war or recruiting difficulties. Sir Hyde Parker lent men to Captain and Prince in 1789 and to Royal George in 1790. We can imagine the comments that greeted reinforcements from the royal yacht on these ships which had returned from hard service, or were bound for it.
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