A ship is home to its crew for weeks, months, even years. And like a home, a ship should provide air that is fresh and of a comfortable temperature and humidity. It also should provide sanitation facilities.
According to Sir Walter Raleigh, ship cabins were "sluttish dens that breed sickness" (EllisVV). In 1739, "the sailors on board the fleet at Spithead were so dangerously ill for want of fresh air that they were put ashore to recover their health" (Edwards 13).
An even more extreme example is . . .
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- The Grantville Gazette Staff