Last Navy rum sold, £600 a bottle

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The last remaining stocks of original Royal Navy rum were released for sale on Wednesday, almost exactly 40 years after the final rations of the drink were issued to serving sailors.

Some 6,000 bottles of Black Tot Rum were issued for sale at HMS Belfast on the River Thames in London.

On 31st July 1970, known as Black Tot Day, the last rations were given out to serving sailors, calling to a close a tradition going back some 300 years.

Sailors bore black armbands and conducted mock funerals to bid farewell to the rations....

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