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Re: Am I an 'operator' at anchor?
Ding ding ding! We have multiple winners! Yes, it was Secretary Josephus Daniels, a teetotaler, that banned alcohol from USN ships. When he suggested that officers drink coffee at meals instead of spirits, they derisively called a cup of coffee, a “cup of Josephus”. Shortened later to a “cup of Joe”. I found this little tidbit while reading a review of a recently published biography of Daniels. Other bits of trivia is FDR was the Assistant Secretary of the Navy under him. Imagine that combo. Daniels completely reorganized the Navy, which was little changed from the Civil War into the Fighting force that it was in WWI. Should be an interesting read.
I had the opportunity to have dinner on the HMCS Algonquin. What a difference from the normal coffee and soft drink fare of the USN. Pretty cool drinking Tanqueray in the wardroom and having wine with dinner. But as I understood, the Canadian government doesn’t pay for booze and the officers have to pool their own funds.
San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department are zero tolerance. (they will cite you for sitting on the tubes of your inflatable dinghy). If you are just temporarily anchored or tied up to the bank for lunch, be prudent. You may ultimately prevail, but why go through the hassle. Remember the railroading Bismarck Dinus got on Clear Lake just a couple of years ago.
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