U.S. Navy sailors of the USS Menges assist in the rescue and treatment of a U.S. sailor who survived the sinking of the USS Lansdale . The soldier is covered in fuel oil after he swam from the sinking ship.
“Groggy” comes from the watered-down rum that was given to British sailors. Before 1740, the sailors had drunk clean rum. But after the War of Jenkins Ear ended, the Commander for the British Navy in the West Indies issued an order that since rum is “attended by many fatal Effects to their Morals as well as their Health” the sailors would be drinking one part rum to four parts water from now on. The commander’s name? Edward “Old Grog” Vernon.