Good Old Navy!

22 May


Kinda long, but fun!

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 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!

Now I want a Mojito. Or a whiskey sour. Meh, whatever! Wonder if Stinky came across any really good vodka whilst in the area of Russia.

35 Responses to “Good Old Navy!”

  1. LC Aggie Sith May 22, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Now THAT is a great story, J’Ames 😀

    GOOD MORNING!!!!

  2. Jay in Ames May 22, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    We need a recruiting drive, this place is dead!

  3. LC Aggie Sith May 22, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    *wonders if she should own the comments*

  4. Jay in Ames May 22, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    TiFW doesn’t visit in the morning, Car in hates us.

    I put up a Navy poat, and chief isn’t here.

    *waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!

  5. LC Aggie Sith May 22, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    DAMN IT TO HELL!!

  6. Jay in Ames May 22, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Ah yes, I rained on someone’s parade. My day is complete, now.
    Muahahahahaha.

  7. LC Aggie Sith May 22, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Go to fecesbleg and recruit, J’Ames. They like you 🙂

  8. Jay in Ames May 22, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Hehe, no facemorons at work

  9. GMLand May 22, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    I came. I saw. I vanquished.

  10. LC Aggie Sith May 22, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    GML is slumming over at FB. I have left him a missive.

  11. LC Aggie Sith May 22, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Damn, but my timing is way off.

    SYWM!!!

  12. GMLand May 22, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    missive received.

  13. LC Aggie Sith May 22, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    HA! H&B has some good funnies today, too.

  14. LC Aggie Sith May 22, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Well, back to housework. I’ll check in with you peasants later!

  15. Jay in Ames May 22, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    H&B is awesome today. Chuckles were had.

  16. Jay in Ames May 22, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Oh goody, National Review wants me to pay to join Ricochet.

    I think not.

  17. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX May 22, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Love this, Jay!

    Becca got to go to school in her swimsuit this morning – pool party at one of the kid’s houses for the entire school.

    Yeah, she was excited….. 😛

  18. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX May 22, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Wish I’d had this a few years ago…..

    http://wendiaarons.com/2012/05/how-to-chaperone-a-field-trip.html

  19. Jay in Ames May 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

  20. Jay in Ames May 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

  21. Jay in Ames May 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

  22. Jay in Ames May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Just Wow! Good job in Wisconsin!

    On the stump, Walker is fond of citing Chief Executive magazine, which had ranked Wisconsin as the 41st-best state for business in 2010 and now ranks it 20th. Walker also points to a survey by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce that found only 10 percent of business owners thought the state was headed in the right direction in 2010, while an eye-popping 94 percent think so today.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2012/05/22/democrats_panic_as_wisconsin_recall_nears

  23. Jay in Ames May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

  24. Jay in Ames May 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

  25. LC Aggie Sith May 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I had a good laugh at Malkin’s twitterings. The Dem logo still looks like a toilet to me. And finally, Iowahawk FTW!!

  26. Jay in Ames May 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    No way I can vote for Romney, now:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/05/22/LA-Times-Vets-Ann-Romney-Horses

  27. LC Aggie Sith May 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    The Humanity!!!

    Holy shit, is the LA Times that desperate?? And when are they going to “vet” Michelle’s wardrobe, and vacations, and refrigerators?

  28. Jay in Ames May 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    Pretty bad, when you’re vetting handicapped Americans.

  29. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX May 22, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    C’mon, November…..

  30. MCPO Airdale May 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Josephus Daniels was a prick.

  31. clintbird May 22, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    Possibly even better news than a new James Bond movie:

  32. clintbird May 23, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    C’mon, July!

    http://www.thedarkknightrises.com/

  33. LC Aggie Sith May 23, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    C’mon, NEW POAT!! 😉

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