Black Tot Day

Today is ‘Black Tot Day’   A centuries-old Royal Naval tradition ended on 31st July1970 at precisely 6 bells in the forenoon watch (i.e at 11 am), when the last rum ration was issued.   The Black tot of course related to the dark rum that used to be issued to sailors on a daily basis, replaced the daily gallon of beer that used to be issued until 1731.

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