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    Re: U.S. Navy Declares Gps Obsolete, Celestial The Future
    From: Don Seltzer
    Date: 2021 Apr 3, 16:09 -0400
    Not quite.  The free daily grog ration was ended in the 1860’s.  But sailors were still allowed to purchase their own spirits as they pleased throughout the 19th century.

    Don Seltzer

    On Sat, Apr 3, 2021 at 11:32 AM Fred Hebard <NoReply_Hebard@fer3.com> wrote:
    I wonder where I got the notion the US Navy was always dry.  Probably Bristish propaganda. :)  No distilled spirits after 1862, except medicinal.  Beer until 1914.  The Brits et al didn’t become dry until well after WWII.

    Fred Hebard

    On Apr 2, 2021, at 19:15, Don E. Bray <NoReply_DonE.Bray@fer3.com> wrote:

    In 1963 (or 1964) while serving aboard the USS Everglades in Charleston the Canadia(e)n carrier Bonaventure pulled in for maintenance at a Southern port and they invited several of the US sailors aboard on a daily basis. I remember gathering on the fantail at the appointed time in the afternoon for grog or whatever and we stood around and told tales. As a young seaman, I just listened. But I remember well the hospitality of the Canadian crew; my cup of brew never ran low, they would ease by and share some from their cup with me. I made it back to my ship without falling in the river.

    Regardless of whether this tale is true or not. it has made to rounds as a good nautical story, which is a purpose anyway.


    On Apr 2, 2021, at 12:30 PM, Doug Faunt <NoReply_DougFaunt@fer3.com> wrote:

    Err,106 years isn't always. The US Navy had a grog ration until 1914.

    On Fri, Apr 2, 2021, 07:46 Fred Hebard <NoReply_Hebard@fer3.com> wrote:
    The US Navy was always dry.  The mention of reinstituting grog was a giveaway that it was an April fools joke.

    Fred Hebard

    On Apr 1, 2021, at 19:45, Alan S <NoReply_AlanS@fer3.com> wrote:


    Regarding your question, April fool?, I would think that likely, very likely,  but then who knows.

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