THE TOT ORIGIN
Wednesday April 21st, 2010
Up until 24th March 1743, beer, wine and spirits were issued to Royal Navy crew on all shifts in place of tea, coffee, cocoa and water. This changed on 16th January 1745 when beer and spirits were issued on alternative days and this continued until 1831 when everything except the issue of rum was stopped. In the meantime 1824 saw the measures reduced from half a pint to two and a half ounces or a ‘tot’ of neat rum and by 1850 this had been reduced to once a day at noon. The Royal Canadian Navy, who carried over many Royal Navy traditions were the last to cease giving the ‘tot’ on 30th March 1972.
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