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A naval term to describe the amount of grog left over after the daily issue to the messes in a British warship. Official instructions were that any plush after the daily issue was to be poured into the scuppers and allowed to run overboard to prevent anyone getting more than his ration, but seamen were adept at saving such waste. In its strictest connotation, plush was the amount of grog left over after its issue as a result of short measure given to the seamen; it was later surreptitiously divided between the cooks of the messes who came to the daily issue to collect the grog for their mess in their monkeys. It involved a degree of conspiracy between the cooks, the purser's assistant (later the regulating petty officer) who measured out the allowances, and the officer who, by regulations, had to attend the issue to make sure that more grog was not issued to men than they were entitled to.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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