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17th May '18 3:16:51 AM Spindriver
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This is a case of TruthInTelevision due to the disinfecting abilities of alcohol; mixing it with water was the only way to keep water potable during long voyages, especially on early boats when cooking had to be limited due to fire risk (or on open decked boats impossible to do). Also, a drunk crew was a crew less capable of {{The Mutiny}} due to the horrific conditions (this being the "rum" part of those great Naval traditions of "rum, [[HelloSailor sodomy]] and [[ATasteOfTheLash the lash]]"), and the strength of alcohol could be varied as punishment or reward as the captain saw fit. It continues to be true because when you take a bunch of generally adult persons and put them in a cramped space for an extended period of time with limited and ever diminishing supplies... well it rather built tension.

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This is a case of TruthInTelevision due to the disinfecting abilities of alcohol; mixing it with water was the only way to keep water potable during long voyages, especially on early boats when cooking had to be limited due to fire risk (or on open decked boats impossible to do). Also, a drunk crew was a crew less capable of {{The Mutiny}} due to the horrific conditions (this being the "rum" part of those great Naval traditions of "rum, [[HelloSailor sodomy]] and [[ATasteOfTheLash the lash]]"), and the strength of alcohol could be varied as punishment or reward as the captain saw fit. It continues to be true because when you take a bunch of generally adult persons and put them in a cramped space for an extended period of time with limited and ever diminishing supplies... well it rather built builds tension.
7th May '18 4:43:56 AM Scoutstr295
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** Unfortunately, the man frequently gets MisBlamed, because while he ''did'' have a known alcohol problem and ''was'' drunk during the grounding, he was explicitly ''off'' duty, and not on the watch at the time: having completed his watch, he went down to "unwind" so to say,[[note]]During the same hearing it was revealed that Exxon has been routinely running its tankers with skeleton crews, resulting in 10-14 hours shifts, and major malfunctions not repaired for years on to save on the maintenance, which added to the crews' stress.[[/note]] and the one who actually ran aground was [[EnsignNewbie an inexperienced third mate]] because [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the ship's radar was broken and not repaired]] ''[[CorruptCorporateExecutive for the whole year]]'' [[CorruptCorporateExecutive to save money]]. This is actually reflected in the court decision, as while Hazelwood was relieved of shipboard duty, he wasn't otherwise heavily punished (he received just a $50000 fine and 1000 hours community service).

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** Unfortunately, the man frequently gets MisBlamed, because while he ''did'' have a known alcohol problem and ''was'' drunk during the grounding, he was explicitly ''off'' duty, and not on the watch at the time: having completed his watch, he went down to "unwind" so to say,[[note]]During the same hearing it was revealed that Exxon has had been routinely running its tankers with skeleton crews, resulting in 10-14 hours hour shifts, and had also failed to repair major malfunctions not repaired for years on to save on the maintenance, which added to the crews' stress.[[/note]] and the one who actually ran aground was [[EnsignNewbie an inexperienced third mate]] because [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the ship's radar was broken and not repaired]] ''[[CorruptCorporateExecutive for the whole year]]'' [[CorruptCorporateExecutive to save money]]. This is actually reflected in the court decision, as while Hazelwood was relieved of shipboard duty, he wasn't otherwise heavily punished (he received just a $50000 fine and 1000 hours community service).
29th Dec '17 2:04:24 AM Dimon
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->''Earl-aye in tha morrrnin'?''

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->''Earl-aye ->''Early in tha morrrnin'?''the morrning?''
19th Oct '17 1:38:45 AM jamespolk
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* ''The Time of Your Life'' has one of these as an unnamed minor character, one of Kitty's clients.

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* ''The Time of Your Life'' ''Theatre/TheTimeOYourLife'' has one of these as an unnamed minor character, one of Kitty's clients.
2nd Sep '17 8:36:58 AM Antigone3
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* In the ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series, the Charisian Navy averts this trope. While sailors get beer with at least one meal, and officers are seen having a glass of whiskey with a briefing, none of them get enough to get drunk and drunkenness on duty is harshly punished. Other navies are implied to play this trope straight.
3rd Jul '17 11:44:47 AM WillKeaton
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** This image was even used to promote [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK7n1Q-fDeA Skol Lager]].

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** This image was even used to promote [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK7n1Q-fDeA Skol Lager]].Lager.]]
3rd Jul '17 11:44:30 AM WillKeaton
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Especially prevalent in works set in the era of WoodenShipsAndIronMen or in the future since SpaceIsAnOcean. [[MoreLikeAFootnoteThanAnythingelse As a sidenote]] the actual ration issued up until 1740 in the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] was a gallon of beer or a pint of wine or half a pint of spirits per person per day. Admiral Vernon then cut this to a quarter pint twice a day, mixed with water and limes to prevent scurvy, and eventually it became the traditional 1/8 pint "tot" which was officially retired [[http://www.hmstheseus.co.uk/tot.htm in 1970]]. There were some very uncomplimentary epithets levelled at the Admiral responsible and the day is still known as Black Tot Day.

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Especially prevalent in works set in the era of WoodenShipsAndIronMen or in the future since SpaceIsAnOcean. [[MoreLikeAFootnoteThanAnythingelse As a sidenote]] the actual ration issued up until 1740 in the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] was a gallon of beer or a pint of wine or half a pint of spirits per person per day. Admiral Vernon then cut this to a quarter pint twice a day, mixed with water and limes to prevent scurvy, and eventually it became the traditional 1/8 pint "tot" which was officially retired [[http://www.hmstheseus.co.uk/tot.htm in 1970]]. 1970.]] There were some very uncomplimentary epithets levelled at the Admiral responsible and the day is still known as Black Tot Day.
24th Dec '16 8:43:36 AM CynicalBastardo
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* The sea captain in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

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* The sea captain in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. He crashes a ship at one point and tries to bribe a reporter on camera to take the blame.
26th Oct '16 8:54:16 AM Mournelithe
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Especially prevalent in works set in the era of WoodenShipsAndIronMen or in the future since SpaceIsAnOcean. [[MoreLikeAFootnoteThanAnythingelse As a sidenote]] the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships British Navy]] only stopped the official grog rations [[http://www.hmstheseus.co.uk/tot.htm in 1970]]. There were some very uncomplimentary epithets leveled at the Admiral responsible.

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Especially prevalent in works set in the era of WoodenShipsAndIronMen or in the future since SpaceIsAnOcean. [[MoreLikeAFootnoteThanAnythingelse As a sidenote]] the actual ration issued up until 1740 in the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships British Royal Navy]] only stopped was a gallon of beer or a pint of wine or half a pint of spirits per person per day. Admiral Vernon then cut this to a quarter pint twice a day, mixed with water and limes to prevent scurvy, and eventually it became the official grog rations traditional 1/8 pint "tot" which was officially retired [[http://www.hmstheseus.co.uk/tot.htm in 1970]]. There were some very uncomplimentary epithets leveled levelled at the Admiral responsible.
responsible and the day is still known as Black Tot Day.
11th Oct '16 6:55:38 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/SpiteMarriage'': One of the sailors in the engine room has emptied the fire extinguisher and filled it up with a hidden stash of alcohol. This leads to disaster when a fire breaks out and an unknowing Elmer tries to use the fire extinguisher.
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