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From The Times, November 9th, 1804, an account of ravaging fever, and, in the passage below, of it affecting Gibraltar itself, apart from ships.

" ... Letters from Mr Pownall, Naval Storekeeper, at Gibraltar, dated 10th ult. state, that on the appearance of the malady, he had caused all communication between the Dock-yard and Garrison to be entirely suspended; that he had also ordered, by the advice of Dr Burd, the Physician, fresh beef and Port wine to be issued to the artificers, with lime juice and vinegar, the latter to fumigate their apartments. ....."


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The Times, January 4th, 1796:

" .. The British seamen who were put on board the prize ship Prevoyante,[ at Halifax, almost to a man, died of a malignant fever, which they took on board that vessel. The same fever was communicated to the fleet, and threatened great havock. The impending evil was however prevented, by the prudent measures adopted by the Admiral. He ordered tents to be pitched on shore, to which every person was removed, as soon as any symptoms of sickness appeared; by which means almost every man recovered, and the fever finally disappeared. ...."



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The Times, December 24th, 1816:

" .... It appears by letters recently received from our ships of war in the West Indies, that a fever has prevailed on board some of them, peculiarly fatal in its nature to those attacked by it. Among other vessels the Scamander, it is said, has lost six officers, including the surgeon, four midshipmen, and two clerks. The Childers, in the short period of a month, has been deprived of several officers by the same unfortunate cause, besides five pursers successively appointed to her, and upwards of 30 men....."




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The Times, September 7th, 1796:

" ........... The Swiftsure and Raisonable men of war, of 74 guns each, have lost 800 men; amongst these, in the latter ship alone, were 32 Gentlemen from the quarter-deck. Very few instances have occurred where any persons seized with this dreadful malady have recovered; and Mr Melville, Surgeon of the Raisonable, is the only one that has survived two attacks. The day previous to the Swiftsure's sailing, 17 Lieutenants were made, to fill up the vacancies occasioned by this pestilence, but as there were hardly any gentlemen left in the ships there, who had served their time, nearly the whole of them were promoted without the necessary etiquette. The history of the world does not furnish an instance of a distemper more fatal to the human race. ....... "

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Mil Goose wrote:
The Times, September 7th, 1796:

" ........... The Swiftsure and Raisonable men of war, of 74 guns each, have lost 800 men....... "

Mary, Does the article mention where the ships were?

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timoneer wrote:
Mil Goose wrote:
The Times, September 7th, 1796:

" ........... The Swiftsure and Raisonable men of war, of 74 guns each, have lost 800 men....... "

Mary, Does the article mention where the ships were?



Hello Don

The preceding passage reads as follows:

" ........... By a Gentleman, who came from the West Indies in the Swiftsure man of war of 74 guns, we have the most distressing accounts of the pestilence that continues to scourge Europeans in that quarter. It has swept away, at Cape Nichola Mole, one half of the officers and seamen belonging to the different ships of war; and the mortality among the land forces is in a greater proportion. ....... "

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Mil Goose wrote:
" ........... By a Gentleman, who came from the West Indies in the Swiftsure man of war of 74 guns, we have the most distressing accounts of the pestilence that continues to scourge Europeans in that quarter. It has swept away, at Cape Nichola Mole, one half of the officers and seamen belonging to the different ships of war; and the mortality among the land forces is in a greater proportion. ....... "

Thanks Mary. Certainly the "West Indies" location explains the great loss of Europeans due to disease. I think it was the regular toast that referenced this: "A Bloody War or a Sickly Season" (which certainly explained the mass of promotions in your original post).

However, I always have trouble locating places in the Caribbean of that era because of the similar Spanish names on various islands. I could not find the exact location of "Cape Nicola Mole" but if I had to guess (after somewhat fruitless searching) it would be near the modern day city of Santo Domingo in the country of the Dominican Republic. Maybe someone here could locate it more precisely?

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“A town, harbour and cape at the NW extremity of St. Domingo. The Cape, commonly called the Mole, is strongly fortified by nature and art, and commands the strait called the Windward Passage; four miles to the south of it is Cape St Nicholas.
It lies in Long. 73-26 W , Lat. 19-50 N.”


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IONIA wrote:
“A town, harbour and cape at the NW extremity of St. Domingo. The Cape, commonly called the Mole, is strongly fortified by nature and art, and commands the strait called the Windward Passage; four miles to the south of it is Cape St Nicholas.
It lies in Long. 73-26 W , Lat. 19-50 N.”

Looks like I had the correct island (Espanola) but the wrong country. From the description, it appears that Cape Nichola Mole is located in the Northwest part of Haiti, just across the Windward Passage from Cuba. Thanks Peter.

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Cases of scurvy from the convict ship Barrosa:

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