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You always have to have those priorities straight, boys and girls! LOL :P


The U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried

48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men.

This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She

carried no evaporators (i.e., fresh water distillers!).


However, let it be noted that according to her ship's log, "On July 27,

1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement

of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot,

11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum."


Her mission: "To destroy and harass English shipping."


Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300

gallons of rum.


Then she headed for the Azores , arriving there 12 November. She

provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.


On 18 November, she set sail for England . In the ensuing days she

defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English

Merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.


By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless,

although unarmed, she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in

Scotland . Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred

40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed



The U.S.S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February, 1799 , with no

cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum, no wine, no whisky, and 38,600

gallons of water.



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And she's STILL ACTIVE. Why the story today...did I miss something? Just feeling Patriotic today :)




Dan in Florida

(Shellback & Blue Nose)

US Navy 1980-85 PN2

USS Okinawa (Lph-3)

USS Inchon (Lph-12)



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And she's STILL ACTIVE. Why the story today...did I miss something?


Dan, Look at how much booze they went through in 3-4 weeks. After already going through all that rum.


Look at how much water they had left.


Musta been a hell of a trip home. Thanks Vegas. That's entertaining. :P

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God Bless America!!!


That's what we need to get back to, more alcohol consumption and less water consumption, it will be better for the environment.



That sounds like a trip to see the Browns in Charlotte!


I only know of one man who can drink that much rum, may he rip. cheers.




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