Bits n Pieces 12/19/2014

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This week’s toast:

Once again we have failed to die!

Christmas time is coming and stay tuned to On the Water…With Captain Frank for a very special holiday event!

Wow, it’s been a busy week!

Congrats to Jackie and Todd on their recent engagement. Thanks for letting Sailing Florida and me host your chariot for the photo shoot. Jackie, you were a trooper on the chilly evening. Todd, you’re a lucky guy!

Larry, Sylvia, and Taylor sailed with me on a very nice, but a little chilly, Saturday Afternoon last week. Larry you did an awesome job running the boat back to port at the Vinoy Renaissance Marina! Taylor your cute as a button! Sylvia, thank you for thinking of your humble captain, the sandwich and Oreos were just right. Remember when you eat an Oreo; the rules say you never twist it apart for the cream!

Finally, to Jerry and Monica and their quest for 105 and 106 certification. Their quest isn’t over yet but we can sure see the sun peak through the clouds. Get those 105 exams back to us soon!

     This week’s Boat Drink:


1 oz Kahakai Spiced Rum
1 oz Frangelico (a popular Hazelnut Liquor)

Shaken and strained

This week’s drink was found at Kahakai Rum, sure sounds good to me!

True story??

Finally, a friend, reader, and student of mine, Tom, sent me this. We don’t know where it came from or if it’s factual (it was on the internet so it has be, right?) but even if it’s not, it portrays the bravery and free-spirited souls of sailors everywhere. This piece is a little long for for Bits n Pieces but is fitting. It’s worth the read!

The U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (I.e. Fresh water distillers).

However, let it be noted that according to her ship’s log, “On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S.Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum.”

Her mission: “To destroy and harass English shipping.”

Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum.

Then she headed for the Azores, arriving there 12 November. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.

On 18 November, she set sail for England … In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.

By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn.

Then she headed home.

The U.S.S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February 1799, with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum, no wine, no whisky, and 38,600 gallons of water.