Solo Time w/ Bill
The vast stocks of food, water, and air upon which a crew depends must be carefully monitored and rationed, lest wanton consumption and theft lead to a crippling shortage. Someone must take charge of these resources, to see that they are used properly. To do less invites starvation, dehydration, and suffocation on a catastrophic scale.
The careful rationing imposed by the ship’s steward doubles the effective provisions of a craft, allowing it to function forup to a year before the crew suffers the consequences of long voyages.