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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Before the 17th century each sailor was allowed 1 gallon of beer per day.

Since the logistics of the storage of all this beer presented a problem, admirals introduced brandy instead of beer in the mid 1600's.

In 1655, Vice-Admiral William Penn captured Jamaica and began the use of the rum ration.
Why? Well, the Jamaicans weren't big on beer and wine, but had plenty of rum for the taking.

In 1731, rum became part of the "Regulations and Instructions Relating to His Majesty's Service at Sea." The regulations specified that 1 half-pint of rum was equivalent to the 1 gallon of beer.

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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

From about 1655, a pint of rum was given to every sailor in the Navy every day. Half was served at 12 noon, and the other half at between 5 or 6 p.m. (the amount decreased in later years). Known as Pusser’s Rum (the name a corruption of Purser, the person who issued the rum), sailors had a daily tot of rum until the practice ended on 31 July 1970.

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Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.

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