[Rushtalk] Original party boat LITTLE KNOWN TIDBIT OF NAVAL HISTORY..1798

Carl Spitzer winblows at lavabit.com
Tue Jul 23 00:05:40 MDT 2013


Must have had the initial members of the future Marines on Board!

        
        
                        LITTLE KNOWN TIDBIT OF NAVAL HISTORY 
                          
                        
                        
                        cid:part1.07050002.07040900 at wincarecom
                          
                        The U. S. S.. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a
                        combat vessel, carried 48,600 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 (i.e. fresh water
                        distillers).
                        
                        However, let it be noted that according to her
                        ship's 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 cannon shot,
                        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
                        merchant ships,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 home.
                        
                        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 water. 
                        
                                        
                                        
                                        
                                        
                                                    GO NAVY!

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