Rum jubilee deal for Royal Navy

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Able Seaman Robert Turner (centre) and Able Seaman Daniel Smith (right) as they receive a tot of rum for their role in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations (MoD/Crown Copyright) // Able Seaman Robert Turner (centre) and Able Seaman Daniel Smith (right) as they receive a tot of rum for their role in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations (MoD/Crown Copyright)
Able Seaman Robert Turner (centre) and Able Seaman Daniel Smith (right) as they receive a tot of rum for their role in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations (MoD/Crown Copyright)
Sailors across the Royal Navy have been rewarded with a tot of rum for their role in the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations.
The Queen gave the direction to splice the mainbrace, a tradition going back centuries allowing naval staff to enjoy a drink in recognition of good service.
The order dates back to the days of sail when an extra ration of rum was issued for sailors who completed the difficult task of splicing the mainbrace. It was one of the most difficult emergency repair jobs on board, especially during the heat of battle.
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