Ive seen a number of posts say their islands have ran out of lumber with no way of generating any more.
Having an event like this that offerred a bit of lumber for an outragous sum of money or
captives would get some players out of a rut.
No sea rations..pah...I scoff at my patron. Have even more farms, fire the haulers at the breweries, let the captives go hungry. Use haulers in convoys to ensure the sea ration factories expert cooks are always supplied. And off course whipped by overseers.