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Eight Maids a-Milking

Butter Churn

Butter Churn

This staved barrel, made of oak and ash closely resembles a Butter Churn, although there has been some doubt that butter would have been made on board ship.


We know dairy was part of a Tudor sailor’s daily ration, each man being issued with 6oz (170g) of butter and 12oz (340g) of cheese a week. Milk itself was rarely drunk, as it was almost impossible to keep fresh.

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