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    LITTLE TIDBIT of NAVAL HISTORY-
     
    
    The U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides ), a 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 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 merchant ships, 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 whiskey 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 whiskey, and 38,600 gallons of water
.
    
    GO NAVY!
 

 
 
 
 
 

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