ship chandlery

(shipping) A business that sells ships’ provisions, supplies and equipment.
(general) A dealer and/or maker of wax, tallow, candles and soap.
Historic note: In the days of sailing ships, a ship’s crew would collect the residual grease (called slush) from empty barrels of fried salt pork and sell it to chandlers once in port. The money so earned was called the slush fund and was used to purchase small necessities such as razors, soap, mirrors and tobacco. Chandlers eventually came to be suppliers of ships’ provisions.

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