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Pretty much ...
I pretty much completely agree with Jeff's comments about 'meat safes' - its what we had until a fridge went in c1960.
this might have been a British innovation - I have no idea if similar fitments were used in the other countries.
A meat safe was a metal box with a perforated door and sides to facilitate ventilation. In the days before fridges most households had one and, where available, put it on their 'slab' in the pantry (sometimes called a 'larder'.) In the house I grew up in the slab was actually a concrete paving slab built in as a shelf across the pantry.The nature of the slab meant it was generally cold to the touch.
Meat butter and other perishables were kept as cold as was possible in the meatsafe. Sometimes my mother would place a basin of cold water in there too to keep things chilled.
It sounds as if the meatsafe on a small ship was basically the same sort of metal cupboard, located where it was as chilly as possible.
I'm reading the classic "British Destroyers" by Edgar J. March. There are a number of references in the early pages to a "meat safe", e.g., in photo 3/2 of T.B.81, where it appears to be a box hanging from an overhead line at the stern. I can make some guesses, but does anyone have a definitive answer as to what a meat safe is?
I also notice references to an "earth closet" pointed out in several of the photos, but I think I can guess what that is.