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Melani hornpipes and sailors (22) RE: hornpipes and sailors 13 Jan 08

I have heard that they thought dancing and exercise was a way to prevent scurvy before they discovered lime juice. Admiral Vernon ("Old Grog", from his grogham cloak)encouraged the mixing of lime juice and sugar with rum in 1740, and by 1747 experiments had shown that citrus would prevent scurvy. I think lime juice had become standard by Nelson's time.

As I recall, the Bounty had a blind or half-blind fiddler aboard.

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