Storage, Security and Materials
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The late-eighteenth century had seen construction at Chatham of a number of either new or replacement storehouses, allowing the yard to enter the period under review with sufficient storage of a better quality than that available in the other yards. The most advantageous means of storing and preserving timber were also frequently reviewed, for large amounts could be lost as a result of decay. In 1815, the Navy Board issued instructions to each of the dockyard Commissioners that outlined the best methods of preserving timber, with a summary of these instructions being sent to the Admiralty. During the eighteenth century numerous attempts had been made to prevent the loss of stores occurring both through opportunist theft of small items by the work force on a daily basis and through more organised night forays into the yard. However, no measurable success was ever achieved, with a great wealth of stores lost each year.