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post #1 of 10
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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

post #2 of 10

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.

post #3 of 10

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

 

Wonder how many of the crew died from liver failure... lol.

post #4 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JIRodriguez View Post

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

 

Wonder how many of the crew died from liver failure... lol.


Actually this was how Pickling came to be...sign10.gif

post #5 of 10

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

 

 

 

Bear

post #6 of 10

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

post #7 of 10

In modern times this would now be known as a "beer run".... lol.

post #8 of 10

That's the fighting spirit; or spirits

post #9 of 10

Good grief!  She skipped Bermuda.  That's where they keep the Gosling's.

post #10 of 10

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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