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Re: Food shortages at sea
Memory tells me that the quality of food served on merchant ships during the war depended on a variety of factors, among them the character of the officer in charge of obtaining stores and the length of time the ship had been away from an American port, also where she happened to be at a given time. In the summer of 1943, the ship I was on spent several months in the Mediterranean before taking on stores at Gibralter and heading back to Norfolk. We loaded copious quanties of mutton, which was the staple for days on end. I wasn't fond of mutton before that experience and have had no stomach at all for it since. All in all, I think we were better fed than most servicemen at sea or overseas.