Nelson's Blood: The Story of Naval Rum

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Naval Institute Press, Feb 1, 1996 - History - 196 pages
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The sailor's rum ration, known to the service as 'Nelson's blood', was an integral part of the life and image of the Royal Navy. When the Admiralty decided to abolish naval rum in 1970, so ended a tradition that stretched back over 300 years. In this fascinating book, Captain Pack sets the story of the tot against a background of Britain's maritime history throughout that period - wars, bloody battles, keeping the peace and long voyages of discovery - a period that witnessed the rise of Empire and the transition to Commonwealth.

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User Review  - David Shadle - Goodreads

Excellent book. Really informative about the origins and evolution of the naval rum ration. It follows its beginnings as a replacement for the naval beer ration, all the way to the infamous "Black Tot Day." Read full review

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

An entertaining history of the "tot" (British naval rum ration), given in the context of surrounding naval history. It's interesting to see the shifts in attitude toward liquor (versus beer) from several perspectives ranging from seamen to admiralty. Read full review


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