These mess utensils were used by the ship cook, William Daily. Meals were prepared with pots, pans, and even a set of four measuring cups.
The sailors ate their meals in messes (groups)of about 15 men. Each mess had one of these special chests to hold the sailors' tin plates, cups, spoons, glass condiment bottles, scrub brushes, a washtub, and an earthenware jug of molasses.
Left: The tableware of the enlisted men was tin. Each man took care of his own utensils, and he scratched his name, initials, or mark on each piece for easy identification. Using the crew roster, historians have been able to match some of the items to specific members of the crew.
Right: The officer's mess consisted of fine cutlery and china, which was elegant compared to those of the enlisted men. They also had bottles of whiskey, rum, champagne, wine, and soft drinks, as well as their own cook.
Last updated: April 14, 2015