They were short of provisions, and we gave them a barrel of ship-bread, and seventy pounds of beef.
Winthrop gives us the memorandum of his order for the ship-bread for his voyage in 1630.
The ham on the table was of excellent quality, and the two mates ate heartily of it, with the ship-bread.
Hard-bread or ship-bread is a kind of hard biscuit commonly baked in large cakes and much used by sailors and soldiers.
He also kneads up the bread, or "soft-tack," as it is called in contradistinction to the ship-bread, which is called "hard-tack."