PUSSERS - Nelson's Blood Hip Flask

Collectable Ceramic Navy Rum
PUSSERS - Nelson's Blood Hip Flask

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British Virgin Islands

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Navy Rum

Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, Royal Navy, one of the world's greatest fighting admirals, never lost a major battle. At Trafalgar on October 21st, 1805, although outnumbered, he defeated the combined navies of Spain and France. In this fierce battle that would determine who ruled the waves for the century that followed, Nelson sank or captured 19 of the enemy while losing not a single British ship. Unfortunately, at the age of 47, he was mortally wounded and died three hours before the end of the battle with the knowledge that victory was his. For the journey home, his body was carried on board HMS VICTORY, his flagship. Legend has it that to preserve it during the long voyage, they placed him in a large cask of Pusser's Rum. Upon arrival in England, it was discovered that the jack tars (sailors) had drilled a small hole at the base of the cask and drank all the rum - thereby drinking of Nelson's Blood. This term is still widely used today by Navy and history buffs as their alternative name for Pusser's Rum.

Pusser's is the same rum that was issued on board ships of Great Britain's Royal Navy for more than 330 years. The gold medals won at the world's two most prestigious wine & spirits competitions in 2001 and 2003 attest to its unsurpassed quality. Unlike most other rums, Pusser's contains no artificial flavouring agents. It is all natural.

THE ROYAL NAVY TOASTS on the back of the flask are those that have been offered for more than 200 years. They are still offered today at dinner on board Royal Navy ships and shore installations.

The four flag signal to "SPLICE THE MAIN BRACE!" was flown to signify a double issue of rum. Today, to say to a friend, "Let's splice the main brace!" is akin to saying, "Let's have a drink!".


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