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Malcolm Lewis
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    Thankyou Frank. I had always understood that by adding water to the rum ration it went flat and undrinkable after some hours/days so preventing its storage although I have never experimented myself. Captain John Wells in his book ‘The Royal Navy – an illustrated Social History 1870-1982’ mentions the concerns of senior officers in the 1940s and 50s regarding senior rates, who received the tot neat, storing rum in bottles for a celebration at a later date. Of course, the practice of “sippers” in payment for favours done and also for celebrating important birthdays gave problems too, some fatal.
    Still nothing found on Splicing the Main Brace on Christmas day.