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Keith at Tregenna
17th April 2015, 02:58 PM
Rum is synonymous with the Royal Navy. Sailors were given a daily tot of rum from 1655 until the ration was abolished, as recently as 1970. Originally it was given to sailors neat when the beer ran out (water was not safe to drink as it became rancid very quickly at sea and it was often taken from polluted rivers, such as the Thames). In 1740, Admiral Edward Vernon introduced a mixture of one part rum to four parts water, flavoured with lemon juice and brown sugar. The lemon would have provided some much-needed vitamin C to stave off scurvy. He was known as Old Grog because of the cloak he wore made of the waterproof fabric grogram, hence this proto-mojito creation was known as grog.

A rum tale about the navy’s favoured drink | Empire of Drinks | Life and style | The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/apr/17/rum-drink-history-how-grog-got-its-name-empire-of-drinks-henry-jeffreys)

john gill
17th April 2015, 03:47 PM
Rum is synonymous with the Royal Navy. Sailors were given a daily tot of rum from 1655 until the ration was abolished, as recently as 1970. Originally it was given to sailors neat when the beer ran out (water was not safe to drink as it became rancid very quickly at sea and it was often taken from polluted rivers, such as the Thames). In 1740, Admiral Edward Vernon introduced a mixture of one part rum to four parts water, flavoured with lemon juice and brown sugar. The lemon would have provided some much-needed vitamin C to stave off scurvy. He was known as Old Grog because of the cloak he wore made of the waterproof fabric grogram, hence this proto-mojito creation was known as grog.

A rum tale about the navy’s favoured drink | Empire of Drinks | Life and style | The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/apr/17/rum-drink-history-how-grog-got-its-name-empire-of-drinks-henry-jeffreys)

AKA Rum, Bum and Sun on the early UCL boats.

Lou Barron
18th April 2015, 12:56 AM
What about the gramophone Gilly

Peter F Chard
18th April 2015, 01:46 AM
Was it not Winston Churchill who described the RN as '' Rum. Sodomy and the Lash " Regards Peter in NZ.

j.sabourn
18th April 2015, 05:00 AM
I am not what you would call a great reader but 3 days ago at the Senior Cits Centre picked up a book by Julian Stockwin in what must be a series of books this one called Kydd who was a pressed man in the British Navy in the late 1700"s. The author was born in 1944 went to the Indefatigable, joined the RN at 15, before transferring to the Australian Navy when his family emigrated. Reached the rank of P.O. Lived for some time in Hong Kong where he was commissioned into the RNR. Now lives in Guildford, UK. Anyhow he has obviously done a lot of research and in his book states that the Navy rum in those days was watered down to 7 to 1, i.e. 7 parts water, 1 part rum. Had tight chief stewards even in those days. JS

j.sabourn
18th April 2015, 06:53 AM
#4.... Easier to remember as rum bum and baccy. JS

cappy
18th April 2015, 07:02 AM
#4.... Easier to remember as rum bum and baccy. JS####ooh dont forget the lash captain......lol cappy

Captain Kong
18th April 2015, 08:17 AM
A taste of the Lash never hurt anyone,
Bligh.