Last Regular Ration
Louis Norton’s article in the April issue (“Rum: The Spirit of the Sea,” pp. 20–23) dredged up a fond memory. At the time of “Black Tot Day” (31 July 1970) my father was the medical officer for CINCPAC with his flag at Pearl Harbor. A few days earlier a small group of British warships had arrived at the harbor. Invitations went out to the flag officers and their families to come aboard the British flagship and partake in the last issue of grog. These ships were located the farthest west of any British warship. We were informed that they were the last Royal Navy warships to issue grog that day.
I can attest that my efficiency was sorely affected by the rum. But it made for a pleasant hour or so on deck.
“To the Queen. God Bless Her.”
Naval Preservation News
Captain Bill Heard, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
Readers of Naval History will be pleased to learn that the Nashville Parks and Recreation Department plans to renovate and provide proper interpretation for the USS Tennessee monument located in the city’s Centennial Park.