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  1. #1 Old Ironsides, Pride Of The U.S. Navy ! 
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    The U.S.S Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried
    48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i.e. fresh water distillers!).

    However, let it be noted that according to her ship's log, 'On July 27,
    1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum.'

    Her mission: 'To destroy and harass English shipping.'

    Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum.

    Then she headed for the Azores , arriving there 12 November. She
    provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.

    On 18 November, she set sail for England . In the ensuing days she
    defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.

    By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland . Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. T hen she headed home.

    The U.S.S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February, 1799, with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum, no wine, no whisky, and 38,600 gallons of water.

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    Hmmm

    79,400 gallons of rum.
    68,300 gallons of rum
    64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.
    12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each (unknown)
    40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch

    OK, so total about is 250,000 gallons of booze.

    Time at sea about 7 months so about 210 days.

    That equals 1190 gallons of booze a DAY. divided by 475 men is 2.5 gallons of booze per day per man.

    Seems a tad high to me or the ships crew certainly would have been too high to do anything. I mean I know the navy guys drink but holy crap :eek:
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    Quote Originally Posted by expat-pattaya View Post
    Hmmm

    79,400 gallons of rum.
    68,300 gallons of rum
    64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.
    12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each (unknown)
    40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch

    OK, so total about is 250,000 gallons of booze.

    Time at sea about 7 months so about 210 days.

    That equals 1190 gallons of booze a DAY. divided by 475 men is 2.5 gallons of booze per day per man.

    Seems a tad high to me or the ships crew certainly would have been too high to do anything. I mean I know the navy guys drink but holy crap :eek:
    The reason for the booze in the first place was due to problems with fresh water on long sea voyages .
    It would stagnate and grow foul with algae and other growths while stored in casks in the holds.
    The royal navy established a ration of about a pint of spirits usually Jamaica rum at about one hundred ninety proof twice a day for all hands over twenty one or a gallon of beer !These guys were falling from the masts after some of them saved up their rations for several days and went on a bender !Next the admirals decided on a half pint per day mixed with water, lime juice and sugar !
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    WooHoo for Rum!!! :D
    May the FORCE be with you!
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