Some of you may recall that a few weeks ago I posted two articles regarding the banning of liquor in the American Navy and the Royal (British) Navy. I think they might have been captioned "Splicing the main brace." Now, I read that the Canadian Navy has joined the party - or rather, the NON-party!
|Canadian ships Whitehorse and Nanaimo, in San Diego on Canada Day, 2014|
Further exacerbating the situation, it seems that some sailors from HMCS Whitehorse (shown above), got into a spot of difficulty while ashore in San Diego (what sailors have not, at one time or another, gotten themselves into a bit of trouble ashore, generally instigated by that ol' devil rum!) and were accused of sexual misconduct (I suppose better ashore than at sea!) and shop lifting while visiting the city. So, from the inappropriate actions of a few, a new policy goes into effect for everyone!
The Canadian Navy joins the ranks of England, Australia, and New Zealand all of which have similar rules. But they refrained from taking it all the way to the draconian rules imposed on the US Navy by Secretary Of the Navy, Josephus Daniels, i.e. DRY - Across the board.
Now: an observation on my part: The news piece mentioned only SAILORS; said nothing about officers. Hmm. I can recall some very enjoyable evenings visiting the wardrooms of several Canadian and English ships in the old days.... maybe that will continue!
OK, my friends and loyal readers, that will be it for a few days. Christmas and all! And, like the sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy, I might be allowed a wee dram to mark the occasion! I wish you all a most joyous Christmas, filled with calm seas, good friends and family, and