The scale of victualling allowed in the British Navy during the 16th–18th centuries to ships' companies when in port, generally at about two-thirds the scale allowed at sea. However, if victualling stores ran short at sea, the issue was reduced to the scale of petty warrant, it then being known as ‘six upon four’, that is, six men had to exist upon the victuals normally allowed for four. When this occurred, an addition to the rate of pay, known as short allowance money, was credited to the men for the period during which ‘six upon four’ applied. See also victualling board.
Subjects: Maritime History.