Odds & Ends
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 lbs of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum.
Every once in awhile, I put away the current USPAP publication, my ASA newsletter, the Farm Equipment Official Guide, and Valuing Machinery & Equipment and pick up some light reading. My usual entertainment is a National Geographic magazine or a book of mid-1800s Western exploration, but when Craig Childs has a new book out, that’s always first on my list.