Naval Hospital (ETW building)
|Category:||Port - Navy|
|Turns to build:||5|
|Lime Juice and Sauerkraut|
A naval hospital gives high quality cares to the sick and wounded. A sailor who finds himself looked after here can count himself lucky!
The navy pays for doctors and surgeons to cure his infirmities; he has a bed in a clean ward; and best of all, he cannot spend his pay on drink and loose living. From the navy’s point of view, their men are returned to duty quickly and cannot desert or be “crimped” (pressed into service) by unscrupulous carers.
Historically, illness aboard ship could be a serious problem: “ship fever” (typhus) could destroy a crew more surely than a battle. It was traditional to put the sick ashore and leave them in the dubious care of lodging house and tavern owners. Death was the most likely outcome for the patient. The British Royal Navy constructed hospitals ashore to look after their sick and wounded; skilled seamen, it has to be said, were not easy to find, and taking good care of them made excellent sense. Better health care for sailors also came in small matters, such as the Royal Navy’s “portable soup”, a kind of dried beef stock that made a hot meal with the addition of hot water and a few vegetables. Good food aboard ship was as important as good doctoring ashore.