1695 - Chips

Chips. The Admiralty tries to restrict the abuse of the perquisite of “chips” “lawfully to such as falls from the axe”. Chips are not to be gathered and laid aside excepting at noon during the Winter months or at evening bell ringing in the Summer months. Anyone found laying them apart at any other time was to be mulcted in one week’s pay. No more was to be carried out than ‘as could be taken handsomely under the arm according to the custom in other Yards’.