While the Admiralty took care of the fleet, the shipbuilding and the men, it was the duty of the General Commissariat to procure the means and material on which the existence of the entire Danish Navy depended. For the Dockyard timber, hemp, tar, sails and ropes were required. For equipping the ships guns, ammunition and gunpowder were needed. So were provisions in the form of bacon, dried peas, grain, butter and bread as well as large quantities of beer and aquavit.
The small community at Holmen took pride in being self-sufficient. Some goods and services, however, had to be bought from the city’s merchants and artisans. This applied to paint-, glazier-, plumber, and tinsmith work. When the productive capacity of their own shops was put to its full use, smaller orders were placed with the city’s blacksmiths and founders. Draught animals were rented and private carriers took care of the collection and removal of refuse. When new buildings were erected the city’s builders and stone masons were called.

A small privileged group had entered into a contract with the Danish Navy. Under this contract they supplied various goods and materials for the shipbuilding. Many of the city’s large commercial houses benefited greatly from this arrangement. Three of these became so famous that squares and streets were named after them. These were Peter Appleby, who supplied the Navy with ropes and canvas, Andreas Bodenhoff, who supplied the Navy with timber, masts, flax and hemp and Carl Wilder who provided blacksmith-work as well as fittings for the ships.