HMS Blake HMS Blake was a light cruiser of the Tiger class of the Royal Navy, the last of the (traditional) Royal Navy gun-armed cruisers in the century. She was named after Admiral Robert Blake, a admiral who was the "Father of the Royal Navy"
Black Tot Day occurred on 31st July, 1970. It was the last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy that dated back to 1665. It was poured as usual at 6 bells in the forenoon watch (11am) after the pipe of 'up spirits'. Some sailors wore black armbands, tots were 'buried at sea' and in one navy training camp there was a mock funeral procession complete with black coffin and accompanying drummers and piper