LITTLE KNOWN BIT OF NAVAL HISTORY ...
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
She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese
On 18 November, she set sail for England . In the ensuing days she
defeated five British men-of-war ships, 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 .
GO NAVY !