rgartillery, on 23 August 2012 - 06:39 AM, said:
Civilians have long been carried on major warships both in peace time and war time, I think from Cruiser upwards. Why this is so I haven't been able to find out but could be because employing sailors to staff the canteen would interrupt their job as a member of the ships company.
You could look at it as simply a shop, with employees, where the company hires the space/opportunity.
"... every large ship carries a canteen, from which the men may purchase whatever else they may require in the way of foodstuffs, etc. The canteens are tenanted by large catering firms, who undertake to supply articles of good quality at prices approved by the Admiralty. No one, of course, is allowed to sell beer, wines, or spirits on board, but otherwise the canteen stocks a wide range of articles. The system is not altogether popular with the men, but that is a matter which can hardly be discussed here. The tenants pay a rental of 6d. per man per month for all men victualled, and this goes into what is called the Ship's Fund, which is used for various purposes in the men's interest for sports, amusements, benevolent purposes, and so on."