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"A Brief History of Drunken British Sailors" Topic

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2018 11:53 a.m. PST

"Imagine downing half a pint of overproof rum and then going back to work. Now, let's imagine work happened to be on the decks of a vast 18th-century Royal Navy ship. We're talking old-school sea stuff here: complex knots, gunpowder kegs, canon balls, climbing up rigging, etc.

Feel a little woozy, eh? All thumbs, perhaps?

Well, folks, this is no fantasy. Until July 31, 1970, bracingly strong overproof rum was a vital part of the fabric of the British Navy—rationed, used as a currency, and a veritable way of life…"
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Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2018 10:57 p.m. PST

Hardly news, is it?

"Rum, sodemy, and the lash" and all that!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2018 10:18 a.m. PST



cosmicbank31 Jan 2018 3:58 a.m. PST

Cerdic, sounds like Tuesday at my House

Bozkashi Jones04 Feb 2018 4:34 p.m. PST

I like rum, I like going out on the lash (British term for going out for a few drinks).

I'll give sodomy a miss though.

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