Whatever happened to the Navy Rum ?

Discussion in 'Veteran Accounts' started by Ron Goldstein, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    54-ish was what I remember it being.
    Portsmouth teenage drinking:

    Play silly games...
  2. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Teenage drinking? Sounds more like last Trafalgar Day when I spotted a bottle of Gunpowder Proof in the pub!

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  3. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Slight correction to Post 36. Pusser's Gunpowder Proof is 54.5% ABV not Proof it's Proof strength is around 95%.


    Yes Tim ...my error.I cannot recollect that proof (ABV X 1.75) as a calibration of alcohol has been used in recent times. ABV is normally used for alcohol. ......easily to understand...probably an international standard... for example,looking at a bottle of Russian Czar's Vodka,distilled and bottled in St Petersburg,40% alcohol is indicated....no Russian keyboard to indicate the scrip.
  4. Son Of Sapper

    Son Of Sapper Junior Member

    Another drop of rum.

    More to do with its effect on Royal Engineers, particularly Sappers Donnison and Guest on the morning of 6 June 1944 on Gold Beach.

    No proper sleep for two night, a day and night of puking their guts out on their LCT, no food in their bellies, landing at 7.30 hrs on Green sector, dealing to as many obstacles as possible until the tide covered their targets.

    It would be reasonable to say that most of the men of 280th Field Company RE were fairly exhausted.

    Having lost their folding boats which contained their supplies due to the overwhelming tide or being pulled in two by AVRE’s tasked to tow them ashore the sappers went off looking for food. What was found was a flagon of neat Navy rum that was washed up.
    As reported in the attached photo, the men took heart from this chance discovery, perhaps too much heart!

    My father’s recollections were very similar to Sapper Donnison record of events.

    To quote from Donnison memo (curtesy of IWM).

    “He (Tug Wilson) had lost his kit & so had I & we began searching the beach for we hardly knew what. We were like the rest of the boys, feeling chilled through & somehow hungry.

    In our search we found a ration box & opened up to find two big glass flaggons of rum, thick as syrup & as dark. Tug had his mug off his belt by the time I had a jar out & opened & we ladled into that stuff good & proper. Very much merried Tug goes away again to blow up some more obstacles but as for me all I could do was to sink down & sleep it off in the sands”.

    They slept it off when the tide was too high to work and resumed demolition in the early afternoon.

    Not surprising, just neat rum on an empty stomach and in the given situation.

    By the by Major Clayton inspecting the mine was the 280th's CO at this time. Indeed this obstacle was one of the sappers targets.

    Son of Sapper

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  5. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Working again :)

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  6. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Congratulations. This is the one you want:

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  7. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Intrigued to see that at least the 42% variety is available in Ontario...
  8. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron


    I might try the high octane when this bottle is gone but that will be quite some time.

    Tried it last night. I like it. Nothing like any rum I've ever tasted before. Reminds me a bit of ouzo
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  9. 509thPIB

    509thPIB Well-Known Member

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  10. Lindele

    Lindele formerly HA96

    Today, only 49 years ago a 315 year old British tradition was not continued.
    What a shame. Cheers to all ex- RM guys :cheers:


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