Some trivia for you - history lesson

texascbx

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I found this little story today. Don't know if it's true, but it's a fun story to read.:biggrin:

"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."
 

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I'd say that has to be a take from some English story, no one does rum, buggery and the lash better than the British Navy. :biggrin:

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I'd say that has to be a take from some English story, no one does rum, buggery and the lash better than the British Navy. :biggrin:

Cheers

Ray
Ray, Don't spread this around....keep it quiet...but..
a few of us here in the colony actually settled here from Britian.......
 

digitaldan1

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First read that story about 25 years ago in All Hands magazine (the Navy's magazine). Different ship though, (the USS Unquenchable), but still a fun tale.
 
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