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Crews Manning the Guns got a Shot of Rum Punch!

Author: Matt Hay

Starting in 1731, Seen as a necessary item to have on board, The British Royal Navy received a daily pint of Jamaican rum for each man and a half.  Crew rum ration decreased over time, but the tradition lasted until the mid 1970’s. Rum proves to be the best and quickest restorative which a sailor can have at sea. Crews consumed the rum in a punch which was a recipe of fruits or fruit juice, vinegar based shrubs, vegetable acid, cream of tartar, a half pint of spirits, and a half pint of water.