Illustration by Juliet Jacobson
The steward was the captain's personal servant. He kept the captain's and mates' cabins in order and waited on the captain and mates at mealtimes in the main cabin. He was in charge of the cook and responsible for keeping track of the stocks of food and other supplies aboard the ship. He was sometimes assisted by a cabin boy. He lived in steerage and his lay ranged between 1/60 and 1/150.