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What do they mean when they say Navy Strength?

Post by Patchez » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:06 pm

According to one source what it refers to is any rum, gin or other spirit, of high enough proof so that if the besotted cannon crew were to spill any on the powder it would still fire the cannon. Great folk lore and partially rooted in the truth.

This article I stumbled across gives a more realistic answer.
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Re: What do they mean when they say Navy Strength?

Post by Nausea » Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:35 pm

Interesting article. You mangled the link, BTW.
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Re: What do they mean when they say Navy Strength?

Post by Patchez » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:33 am

Nausea wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:35 pm
Interesting article. You mangled the link, BTW.
Fixed. I think.
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Re: What do they mean when they say Navy Strength?

Post by Mr. Viking » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:46 pm

Navy strength would imply gunpowder "proof" as a minimum, which is the minimum alcohol content, 56.something% abv at which the spirit poured onto gunpowder will light with a match, It was a excise standard??? I believe that was the minimum strength for navy rum rations in the UK. The term "alcoholic proof" derives from the use of this test as "proof" of the alcohol content
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Re: What do they mean when they say Navy Strength?

Post by mistah willies » Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:36 pm

Mr. Viking wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:46 pm
Navy strength would imply gunpowder "proof" as a minimum, which is the minimum alcohol content, 56.something% abv at which the spirit poured onto gunpowder will light with a match, It was a excise standard??? I believe that was the minimum strength for navy rum rations in the UK. The term "alcoholic proof" derives from the use of this test as "proof" of the alcohol content
Now, there should be a gunpowder drink of rum.

Gunpowder is readily available here in 'Murrica (replaced the lemonade stands on sidewalks in front of the houses of yore for those children trying to make a dime, or folks standing by the stop-light in traffic who now fill barrels/leather sachets with black powder instead of selling their wind-screen cleansing expertise from spit/urine with a dirty undergarment).

There is this:
Q. What's your favorite drink to make for a crowd?
A. I, shamelessly, have to say the Gunpowder Punch at Rob Roy. It's a blend of aged rum, agricole rum, gin, spices, lemon juice, orange and actual, antique-formula gunpowder.

Q. Gunpowder?!
A. Yes! My parents are into Ayurvedic and homeopathic medicine. Gunpowder is just carbon, sulfur and potassium, all of which are used in homeopathy. I wouldn't tell anybody to just sit there and eat gunpowder, but in small quantities it's fine. It makes the punch gunmetal gray, which is cool. And it adds a sharp, nicely acidic, slightly metallic finish.
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But there is indeed a certain rum:

http://themanufactory.wixsite.com/gunpo ... /home-port

These I will find, in addition to Badfellow's recommendation for Smith and Cross rum during our last drunk dial.


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Re: What do they mean when they say Navy Strength?

Post by Mr. Viking » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:43 pm

don't you boil piss to make gunpowder?
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Re: What do they mean when they say Navy Strength?

Post by Artful Drunktective » Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:52 am

mistah willies wrote:
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Now, there should be a gunpowder drink of rum.

Gunpowder is readily available here in 'Murrica (replaced the lemonade stands on sidewalks in front of the houses of yore for those children trying to make a dime, or folks standing by the stop-light in traffic who now fill barrels/leather sachets with black powder instead of selling their wind-screen cleansing expertise from spit/urine with a dirty undergarment).
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Re: What do they mean when they say Navy Strength?

Post by Patchez » Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:04 pm

Mr. Viking wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:43 pm
don't you boil piss to make gunpowder?
Bat shit and charcoal makes rudimentary gunpowder. I think technically the sulfur in bat shit.

Maybe I'm just bat shit crazy and read too many comic books.
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Re: What do they mean when they say Navy Strength?

Post by oettinger » Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:39 pm

The toilet-bowl blew up pretty nicely today without using any gunpowder, liquids only
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Re: What do they mean when they say Navy Strength?

Post by ThirstyDrunk » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:41 am

MAN OVERBOARD
SPLICE THE MAINBRACE
KICK YOU N THE BALLSACk
all of these thihngs are mean navy strength
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Re: What do they mean when they say Navy Strength?

Post by Patchez » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:37 pm

Don't forget keel hauling and Wednesday is your turn in the barrel.
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Re: What do they mean when they say Navy Strength?

Post by Mr. Viking » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:50 pm

Patchez wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:04 pm
Mr. Viking wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:43 pm
don't you boil piss to make gunpowder?
Bat shit and charcoal makes rudimentary gunpowder. I think technically the sulfur in bat shit.

Maybe I'm just bat shit crazy and read too many comic books.
It's the ammonia, mixed with charcoal you get saltpetre which somehow becomes black powder. Where's Willies when you need him?
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Re: What do they mean when they say Navy Strength?

Post by Savage » Sat May 04, 2019 12:26 am

Rum, sodomy and the lash. That is probably why Marines walk so asscheek-clenched. They were only aboard to protect the squids, you know.
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