Serving Grog Illustration

Serving Grog


To a sailor on Constitution, there was no happier sound than the ringing of seven bells in the forenoon watch. These chimes signaled it was time for grog: a whisky-and-water drink served just before meals. To stop sailors hoarding it and getting blind drunk, they had to swallow their ration while an officer
watched. Grog was powerful stuff – a cupful was as strong four glasses of wine.

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