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Mark Cahill

Okay, roughly 7 months at sea. 265 gallons for every man aboard, works out to 37 gallons per man per month...or about 1.2 gallons per man, per day. That's not a naval ship, it's a floating frat party! yeahit was the old navy!


Mike Weisman

Nice story, but NOT true. See the following:
Constitution put to sea on 22 July 1798, commanded by Captain Samuel Nicholson, the first of many illustrious commanding officers. Following her trial runs in August, she was readied for action in the Quasi-War with France and ordered to patrol for French armed ships between Cape Henry and Florida. One year later she became flagship on the Santo Domingo station, making several captures including the 24-gun privateer Niger, the Spender, and the letter-of marque Sandwich. At war's end, Constitution returned to the Charleston Navy Yard where she was placed in ordinary.

Source: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships,

thanks, but the info i used came from the COnstitution's logs. thanks for reading and commenting. jim Forbes

Mike Weisman


sorry, but this is a fabrication that has been floating around the net for years. I challenge you to find it in the logs. The US was NOT at war with Britain in 1798, but was engaged in the Quasi War with France.

See the following:

1798-1801: She cruised in the West Indies, during the "Quasi-War" with France, protecting U.S. merchant shipping from French privateers. USS CONSTITUTION was not engaged in battle with any warship, but captures/recaptures several privateers and victims of privateers.

www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution/index.html -

thanks mike, I'll annotate the post this evening, at at Demo right now.--jim

Lee Coller

Actually its 1.81 gallons of spirits per day per man. The numbers in the above account don't add up.


Back then it was much safer to drink an alcoholic beverage than stale, infected water.

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