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masonjs at nrtco.net
Fri Mar 14 08:18:06 PDT 2008
> LITTLE KNOWN NAVAL HISTORY..........
>> 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
>> On 18 November, she set sail for England . In
>> the ensuing days she defeated five British "man-of-war" and captured
>> and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard
>> 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.
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