Pussers Blue Liners

On 27 January 1989 the Royal Navy announced the end of the issue of Blue Liner duty free cigarettes, which were eventually phased out by 1991.

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 Tobaccos. 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 enforceable 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.

In UK waters and shore-bases; Sailors were entitled to 3 Red stamps = 300 plain / Filter ciggies


3/4 lb Pipe tobacco


3/4 lb Cigarette tobacco

RNA Norwich

The Norwich Branch is one of 300+ branches of the Royal Naval Association world wide. It was commissioned in 1979 and today has a membership of just over 90. It is a registered charity in its own right - the Registered Charity Number is: 1068699

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