An autonomous subsidiary of the British Navy Board which, until 1832, was charged with the administration of the Royal Navy. It was responsible for all naval victuals and slops (see sailors' dress), placing on board every ship a purser to issue these, and to keep all accounts. At first, this led to widespread dishonesty. However, by about the mid-18th century most of the more blatant dishonesty had been removed. In 1832 the Navy Board was amalgamated with the Admiralty, and its subsidiary boards, including that of victualling, were abolished. All victualling for the fleet was put into the hands of the director of victualling who was a member of the Admiralty secretariat. See also petty warrant.
Subjects: Maritime History.