25 Jan 2016, 11:07 a.m. - Chris Squire UK

Some = ship's biscuit: ‘bread, n. < Old English bréad . . . . 6. Extended to various preparations of the composition or nature of bread. . . †b. Sea-biscuit. Obs. 1651 Severall Proc. Parl. No. 84. 1289 We have taken..2 casks of Bread, and one barrel of Pease in one Vessel. 1746 in W. Thompson Royal Navy-men's Advocate (1757) 18 The Bread..is all good, but..it has been..long aboard . . ’ [OED]

31 May 2018, 5:51 p.m. - San Diego Sarah

The Dutch navy, which in the 16th century was becoming a formidable force, issued to each sailor a weekly ration of half a pound of cheese, half a pound of butter, and a five-pound loaf of bread. Historian Simon Schama calculated that a Dutch ship with a crew of 100 in 1636 would need among their provisions 450 pounds of cheese and one and a quarter tons of butter. For more information about the economics of cows and dairy in general, I recommend: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/history-o...

23 Jul 2022, 6:42 p.m. - San Diego Sarah

It's no surprise that people ate bread -- a lot of white bread -- but did you know that horses also ate bread -- a lot of high nutrition brown bread? Much easier to deliver to your working nag than a field of grass: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-horse-bread


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