A Rum Story

Rum issuerum issue 2up spiritsIf you’d been at least twenty years old and a member of the Royal Navy prior to 31st July 1970 then it would have indeed been a black day! That was the day the last daily tot of rum was issued throughout the fleet of the Royal Navy. including the RAN – RCN and RNZN. (Note – still issued on special occasions,Queens birthday etc). The Navy had issued a daily tot of rum for over 300 years, the end of a tradition. Probably not a bad decision though,many ranks,badges and buttons had been lost as a result of rum. Also, an inebriated sailor on duty in the nuclear missile room of a submarine might not be such a good idea. A sad but necessary change to Naval traditions. Pusser Rum was unique and exclusive to the Royal Navies, a single malt rum produced in the British Virgin Islands. In 1979 the brand was licensed to be sold to the general public. It has been incorrectly known as Nelsons Blood, but that is wrong, Brandy is actually Nelsons Blood. After the Battle of Trafalgar and Nelsons death his body was placed in a barrel of brandy to preserve it until the ship returned to England. It is believed after his body was removed the sailors drank the brandy,which contained traces of Nelsons blood.
Oh! excuse me I have to go, they just piped “up spirits” its tot time again.


Can’t really say I miss the rum after all these years, but back in the dank living conditions of a conventional diesel-electric submarine it did help make life more bearable.  Not too mention it made the food look/taste better????Maybe???

God Bless and keep reading

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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4 Responses to A Rum Story

  1. “Tot time” sounds like fun, though I think I’d pass on Nelson’s blood.

  2. irishroverpei says:

    Me too!!!

  3. George says:

    The RNZN had their tot issued up until 1990

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