Sustaining the Empire Interactive Maps
Between 1793 and 1815 the Navy had to undertake an almost world-wide distribution of provisions for the crews of naval ships. Hired merchant ships transported cargoes of food to and from the West Indies, the Cape, Canada, India and further east. Most of all very large numbers of warships in the waters around Britain had to be supplied. This world map forms a key to four other maps which show which primary foodstuffs and processed provisions were transported to which destinations.