A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David C
Date: 2021 Apr 3, 14:12 -0700
According to wikipedia (yes, I know, no comments please)
"The Royal New Zealand Navy was the last navy to issue junior and senior ratings a daily tot of rum, issuing its last daily rum ration on 1 March 1990".
From a more reputable website (that of the RNZN museum):
On Friday, 20 November 2009 his Excellency the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief ordered a ‘splice the mainbrace’.
“HMNZS Philomel’s ‘splice the mainbrace’ will be conducted from 1130-1300 on Monday 30 November, 2009 in the main gymnasium, North Yard.”
Refreshments were made available for personnel less than 18 years of age, as well as for those who wished to come along to and celebrate the RNZNs achievement with a non-alcoholic alternative.
The rum now provided is not the good old fashioned navy rum. Stock was run down and the Museum holds a few bottles in its collection.
Today, the right to order ‘splice the main brace’ for the RNZN remains the preserve of the Chief of Navy and the Governor General of New Zealand.