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Old 03-14-2009, 12:06 AM   #7
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By 1805, the Royal Navy had adopted rum as part of the daily tot on board ships since 1687, nearly 120 years. Since there were almost certainly empty rum barrels on board when Nelson died, an argument could be made that he was put into an empty rum barrel.

And the TheRumelier points out, brandy would have been imported from France? who the English were fighting at Trafalgar. Some of the officers on board HMS Victory had some brandy, but would an officer rather give up his stash of brandy or deprive the sailors of the deck of some of their rum in order to preserve their Admiral on the return voyage to England?
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