In discussing the general mess we had to do with an organization regularly created and fitted to ship life through law and regulation. It needs only the development of detail to make it fulfill its function. With the ship's store or canteen, as it is popularly known, the situation is different. The question of its proper establishment must be taken up before those of administration. Though a flourishing institution on most vessels in the navy it has no official standing as a necessary and required part of the ship's organization. It exists by suffrance only, because it is so convenient. Just how convenient may be better appreciated, perhaps, by giving a few figures from actual experience. On the Missouri, the sales from February I, 1904, to August i8, 1906, thirty and a half months, have aggregated $41,614.12. The last twelve months, in port and out, sales averaged $1676.82 per month. The three months of the last winter's cruise away from home they averaged $2300.07 per month.
The Ship's Store and Its Possibilities
By Paymaster George P. Dyer, U. S. Navy