LITTLE KNOWN TIDBIT OF NAVAL HISTORY...

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  1. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LITTLE KNOWN TIDBIT OF
    NAVAL
    HISTORY...


    .
    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. Then 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


     
      GO
    NAVY
     
  2. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    that would be damn near 3 gallons of drink per day per man, I don't think they would have  even seen a british ship

    I don't know about you but one gallon of rum per day is plenty for me LOL.
     
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2010
  3. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    .... and thus was born the "party cruising" industry.... along with The Village People! [​IMG]

    Wonder how many of the crew died from liver failure... lol.
     
  4. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Actually this was how Pickling came to be...[​IMG]
     
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm not sure about "Old Ironsides", but it's obvious that her crew was very well "preserved".

    Bear
     
  6. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Obviously they had a good compliment of Marine Riflemen aboard to drink all that booze!... Had the Marines been firing the cannons, they wouldn't have wasted all of thier munitions...

    Mybe this is where we get the cliche;"Drunk as a sailor".

    Semper Fi
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2010
  7. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    In modern times this would now be known as a "beer run".... lol. [​IMG]
     
  8. ou8one2

    ou8one2 Newbie

    That's the fighting spirit; or spirits
     
  9. Good grief!  She skipped Bermuda.  That's where they keep the Gosling's.
     
  10. kevink

    kevink Fire Starter

    I bet the stranded Carnival passengers were thinking to themselves they'd rather have single malt than spam and pop tarts!  I guess the navy has changed...
     

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