Summary

Distilled spirits.

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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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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

It occurs to me that Sir William Penn captured Jamaica in 1655 ... and rum comes from Jamaica. There must be a connection, and I wonder if he made money off this arrangement?

I don't have time to research this idea today, and will post anything I find later ... but I'm wondering if anyone else knows?

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References

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

1660

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1661

1663

1665

1666

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1667

1668

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