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Nelson's Blood: The Story of Naval Rum

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  10 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Examines the rum ration and its integral role in Royal Navy life for more than 300 years.
Paperback, 196 pages
Published February 28th 1996 by US Naval Institute Press (first published February 1996)
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Aug 24, 2016 Manray9 rated it liked it
On July 31, 1970 boatswain's aboard British warships around the world piped “Up Spirits” for the last time. On this infamous “Black Tot Day,” the Royal Navy ended a 315 year old tradition and sailors downed their last tot at Her Majesty's expense. Navy rum, known in the service as Nelson's Blood, played an important role in the social history of the Royal Navy during the rise and decline of the British empire. The late Captain James Pack, RN, OBE does honor to that history. His book is detailed, ...more
David Shadle
May 25, 2013 David Shadle rated it it was amazing
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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."
Bob Koelle
Mar 11, 2010 Bob Koelle rated it liked it
The book's topic is fascinating, and there are plenty (too many?) long excerpts of original letters and documents from the 17th century onward. But I'm sorry to say that despite the interesting information, I found the writing to be dry, not sustaining my interest at times.
Sep 08, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, sea
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.
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Apr 03, 2009 Brian rated it liked it
Interesting history of rum in the british navy.
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