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Some little known American military history

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  1. 70~K5

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    Some little known American military 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.

    However, let it be noted that according to her 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 cannonshot, 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 merchantmen,
    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 stagnant water.

    GO NAVY!
     
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    Now thats a kick ass party. I bet Fumes was the Captin.
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    Whatttt............. Only 68,300 gallons of Rum ??????? and a paltry few gallons on wine and scotch.
    Oh! the scurvy dogs
    Why thats narry enough to slake the thirst of a newt......
    Must have been a ladys cruise
     
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    and thats why im proud to be an Amarican!!!!!!!!!
     
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