Created: 21 Jan 2019 10:57
Updated: 29 Mar 2019 12:32

Tonight Martin Thomas will be talking about Rum, Sodomy and the Lash. 

Rum, Sodomy and the Lash is an account of naval traditions and naval medicine in the age of sail; hear of the harsh discipline, of running the gauntlet, of flogging, of keel-hauling. Hear about the mysteries of scurvy, the scourge of seamen for centuries. Hear of the suffering of Jack Tar from yellow fever, malaria and syphilis. Be astonished by the brutal amputation of injured limbs by naval surgeons aboard a heaving ship at sea, and by the blood and sawdust on the cockpit sole. Finally, hear of the death of Nelson on the Victory in the moment of victory. Be glad you live now and not then.

Martin Thomas is a retired surgeon with an interest in naval history. He used to serve as a Watch Officer on the square rig sail trainer “Sir Winston Churchill” and was Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club.


Tickets for the supper are £14.50 if booked online or £17.50 if booked at the bar. Please book your tickets online by clicking the button below before midday on Monday 1st April 2019.




Main: Chicken and chestnut mushroom pie, creamed potatoes and buttered savoy cabbage

Vegetarian: Butternut squash risotto, chargrilled asparagus, parmesan shavings

Dessert: Lemon tart, vanilla ice cream and berry compote

Date and time

Tue, 02 Apr 2019 19:00
 Members and guests only