Tuesday, August 14, 2007

why I joined the Navy

Some Navy History

American Naval History............................

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

However let it be noted that according to her 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 cannonshot, 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
merchantmen, 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 stagnant water.

Reinlistment was 100 %



sybil law said...

Hell yes!!! That is hilarious!
And you've been pirate crazy lately!

Bubblewench said...

She carried no evaporators.

What's an evaporator?

Pretty cool. Dad in DC linked you for this too! You're famous!

girlvet said...

what would the military do without alcohol?