3 Red stamps = 300 plain / Filter ciggiesstirling said:When did the issue stop?...we had 600 a month for 8/- in the 60's, or the equivilant in rolling/pipe tobacco. 8/-, 40p in todays money would only buy 2tabs !!.
Must have had a senior moment...it was 300whitemouse said:3 Red stamps = 300 plain / Filter ciggiesstirling said:When did the issue stop?...we had 600 a month for 8/- in the 60's, or the equivilant in rolling/pipe tobacco. 8/-, 40p in todays money would only buy 2tabs !!.
3/4 lb Pipe tobacco
3/4 lb Cigarette tobacco
If you were on 600 per month, you were probably on Blue stamps - or you had an oppo who was a Dusty, unless you were one yourself ?
As for costs, they changed over the years, and the issues must have ended after the late 70s because I was still selling them through slops when I left in 79.
I didn't indulge in the weed myself, but used my own stamps (don't troop me, please Joss !!) to cover any shortfalls in the stock which was always seemed to be the case despite the care taken in stocktakes..!!
Trust me - I was a Dusty, only 300 ( 3 Red Stamps) were issued per month for Blue Liners in UK.sledgehammer said:Stirling;
Me thinks you right first time. 600 a month, had to give them away, not enough lung to smoke the lot. Where the **** did the stamps come from? I don't remember any stamps. Can't say I miss them, new year resolution last January. Did it in one go, pity about the weight but will get it down.
Got stopped by modplod leaving Faslane - over my allowance by 15 fags (packed in a hurry as been duty the night before (my mate was carrying 200 for me though so no shortage on leave)) offered to take them back to my Office/accom explaining that it was accidental as I had been in a hurry and 15 were in my jacket from last run ashore, Plod did not confiscate but made me destroy them one by one - typical little hitler!jossman said:Blue Liners came in silver foil packs of 100, one for each stamp (coupon). 300 being the monthly maximum whilst ashore. These were made for Pusser by Sobrane or British Associated Tobaccoes. They carried the blue line down the length of the cigarette with the words H.M. Ships only. On crossing the 12 mile excise barrier when at sea, your allowance changed to 600 per month with a different stamp (coupon) of any chosen brand purchased through the NAAFI Canteen onboard. Blue Liner stamps (coupon) were maroon but changed colours at the end of the enforceable month and DF always Light Blue.
Night leave was 25 cigarettes enforcable by the Reg Staff on leaving the ship or the MOD Police on passing through the dockyard gate. Many regulators turned a blind eye but the Modplod did not.
Long Leave of 7 days or more was 200 cigarettes, no matter what the length of leave.
The cigarettes came in packets of 20. Unfortunately I cannot remember the weight of tobacco allowed, time has faded my memory.
Pusser was very good to the lads in my time giving them rum, beer at cheap prices and smokes at 2/6d per 100. :wink:
Jack trying to smuggle fags through the dockyard gate, was a valuable source of fags for the modplod as I never once saw any returned for confiscation. :roll: