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    Question USS Constitution's famous cruise during the War of 1813

    Fact or urban legend?
    The United States, not to be outdone by the British have this true story:

    During the
    USS Constitution's famous cruise during the War of 1813, she set sail in August with a complement of 475 officers and men and the following supplies:


    * 48,000 gallons of fresh water


    * 7,400 cannon shots


    *11,000 lbs. of black powder and--


    *79,400 gallons of rum


    Upon arriving in Jamaica on October 6th, she took on additionally:


    * 826 pounds of flour and--


    * 69,300 gallons of rum


    Then she headed for the Azores where she took on:


    * 550 tons of beef and--


    * 64,000 gallons of Portuguese wines


    On November 13th she set sail for England. In the ensuing days, she defeated 5 British men-of-war and sank 12 British merchant ships, salvaging only their rum.


    By January 27th, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nonetheless, she made a raid on the
    Firth of Clyde. Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and brought about 40,000 gallons of whiskey back to the ship.


    Then she headed home.


    She made port in Boston on February 23rd with no cannon shot, no powder, no food, no rum, no whiskey, and no wine -- but with 48,000 gallons of stagnant water!
    Enjoy a good rum on the rocks at sunset.

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    Default Re: USS Constitution's famous cruise during the War of 1813

    And so the tradition of the Booze-Cruise was started.

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    Default Re: USS Constitution's famous cruise during the War of 1813

    In WW2 I think USN ships were dry for OR's. Uncle Fred, RN/RAN said they swapped beer for ice cream with US ships.
    I think the beer was private stock however, smuggled aboard as medical supplies.

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    When did the various navies stop giving grog to the sailors every day?

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    Default Re: USS Constitution's famous cruise during the War of 1813

    Quote Originally Posted by peb View Post
    When did the various navies stop giving grog to the sailors every day?
    I believe in the USN, it all started with Sec. of the Navy, Buzz Killington!


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    Default Re: USS Constitution's famous cruise during the War of 1813

    Quote Originally Posted by peb View Post
    When did the various navies stop giving grog to the sailors every day?

    For the Royal Navy Black Tot Day was 30 July 1970.

    The American navy ended the rum ration on 1st September 1862.
    Enjoy a good rum on the rocks at sunset.

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    Default Re: USS Constitution's famous cruise during the War of 1813

    Urban legend.
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    Default Re: USS Constitution's famous cruise during the War of 1813

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
    Urban legend.
    I think more a farce.

    Of course I'm no scholar of The War of "1813".

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    Default Re: USS Constitution's famous cruise during the War of 1813

    I am dubious.

    First, it's the War of 1812, not 1813.

    Second, they knew back then that water went bad, and they would try to use it before it did so- and replenish it every chance they had, because when you are stuck out there with no wind for awhile. (e.g. The Doldrums ), access to water is life itself.
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    Default Re: USS Constitution's famous cruise during the War of 1813

    No, not The War of 1812!

    The war of 1813! You know ....when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor!!

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