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Thread #38391   Message #539314
Posted By: Gareth
31-Aug-01 - 06:31 PM
Thread Name: happy?
Subject: RE: happy?

The death of the Tot was more conected with
1/. The inability of shore based Sailors to drive home, without being breathalised after the Tot. 2/. The inability of Sailors afloat to opperate computer based guns or missiles after thier tot.

Jack can still draw a ration, but its cans of beer these days.

For information, see the Patrick O'Brien Novels when time after time Jack Aubery would withhold the Grog till after action.

Dudley Pope " The 'Ramage' works of fiction" would do the same.

The bonus was, after action, the Pusser would issue rum acording to his books, on the number alive at the start of the day

Hence the tradition in the Submarine Service of writing of a Flagon or so, after a severe depth charging as destroyed by enemy action. - I doubt if it actually reached the bilge.

Mark you, when you look at what the USN did, sober, and without the issue of Rum We can't complain.