Black Tot Day memorialises the day on which the Royal Navy discontinued its daily rum ration, known as the daily tot. “Round the world” in every ship of the Royal Navy, glasses were raised in their final salute, and it’s no exaggeration to say, that at that moment, many a strong man shed a tear at the passing of a tradition so old and fine, that was to be no more.
But, pockets of men still continue this tradition today in Port Elizabeth – the Due North Rum Club, based at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club in the Port of Port Elizabeth gathers in comradeship each Saturday afternoon to share a tot.
Then on the first Saturday closest to 31 July the Due North Comrades in Arms gather at a military styled establishment for a formal lunch in dedication to Black Tot day – this year they will hold a formal lunch in the PE SAAF Museum.
Five Traditional Rum Toasts (a shot glass of neat rum) will be taken:
- 13h00 – “PE SAAF Museum”
- 13h30 – “Our Land”
- 14h00 – “Sweethearts and Wives may they never meet”
- 14h30 – “To Us and None Like Us”
- 15h00 – “Absent Friends”
The Due North Rum Club has a long standing relationship with the makers of Pussers Rum and has the unique status of being the ONLY rum club celebrating this day in South Africa.
History of the Tot:
To prepare for a face off, the iron men
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