Nancy Dawson

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The tune to which, by tradition, the daily issue of grog was distributed in the 18th-century British Navy. It was a popular sea song among seamen at that time and may perhaps have become associated with the daily grog issues because one of the effects of the spirit upon many men was to encourage them to burst into song. This pleasant little naval tradition died during the 19th century. Nancy Dawson was also the name of the first yacht, probably, to sail round the world, making her circumnavigation in the late 1840s. See also shanty.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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