• Short Summary

    Sailors in British Navy today (Friday) received their last ration of rum - a daily tradition in the service for over 200 years.

  • Description

    Sailors in British Navy today (Friday) received their last ration of rum - a daily tradition in the service for over 200 years.

    The origins of the rum ration date back to the time when the British fleet first overran the Caribbean Islands where they found a plentiful supply of the liquor made from molasses.

    From then on, seamen on the lower decks were issued with a daily tot of rum diluted with two parts of water.

    British sailors were told that the rum issue was to be discontinued as a result of an Admiralty decision some eighteen months ago. From tomorrow (Saturday) the rum will be replaced by a daily issue of three cans of beer - but for many regular seamen things will never be the same again.

    At a farewell party on a British ship at Portsmouth, a group of ratings had this to say about the disappearance of their daily rum:

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    Film ID:
    VLVAJJRIJ5D8UIZP52J49R3SNC3R
    Media URN:
    VLVAJJRIJ5D8UIZP52J49R3SNC3R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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