On 31 July 1970 the 300 year-old Royal Naval tradition of issuing the ‘tot’ ended at precisely six bells in the forenoon watch when the last rum ration was issued aboard ships of the British Royal Navy – Forever known as Black Tot Day.
While the end of a tradition is always sad, the end of rum issue was not a bad thing and indeed very necessary. Can you imagine sailors aboard a nuclear missile submarine under the influence of alcohol !!!!! Not a great image and inherently dangerous. It might have been fine in the days of Nelson, and ships of cannon and canvas. However totally out of place in the moderns Navies of the World. Cheers!!!!!
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