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Cronkite Collection: Nelson's Blood: Story of Naval Rum
Title:      Nelson's Blood: Story of Naval Rum
BookID:      234
Authors:      A. J. Pack
ISBN-10(13):      0870219448
Publisher:      Naval Inst Pr
Number of pages:      200
Language:      Not specified
Rating:      0 
Picture:      cover

A humorous, yet scholarly, social history of the Royal Navy, linked to the story of rum. It focuses on the life of British seamen from 1655, the year rum was first issued to the ranks, to 1970, when the rum issue terminated. Known as "Nelson's Blood" rum was introduced to the service in the West Indies as a substitute for beer. A watered-down version, first offered in 1740 by Admiral Edward Vernon (Old Grogram to his sailors) rapidly acquired the sobriquet "grog," and was enjoyed for more than two centuries.

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