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Mil Goose wrote:
....yes, that's an interesting point, Jim. Does anyone know the answer?

Sorry, I don't have an answer at the moment. Just a comment.

I do recall seeing reports of places where there was disease. If I was a commander and I found out, upon hailing a ship, that the ship was homeward bound from one of these places, I don't think I'd want to take a chance of bringing disease aboard.

Ships could fly the quarantine flag. However, would that just be taken as a ruse to avoid contact?

Maybe something is outlined in the Regulations?

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The Times, September 15th, 1786:

" .. Orders are gone down to every seaport not to suffer any person to come on shore from any ship that arrives from the Straits till they shall have performed a regular quarantine, nor to suffer any person to go on board such ships. ...."



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From the following, it appears that Quarantine at Gibraltar was 40 days.

Following the return of HMS Phaeton from the Mediterranean in 1788, there were a series of messy courts-martial reported nearly every day in The Times, London, 28 Oct - 28 Oct, 1788.

In the trial of Captain George Dawson, 14 charges were brought against him, including:
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. . . . of giving false and unjust statements, by letters, to the Navy-board, to the great detriment of the naval service ; and of being reputed, in the ship, a common liar.

The Times reported testimoy by a midshipman about lying which includes statements about quarantine, viz
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. . . The Court asked him if he had ever heard Captain DAWSON have any conversation at Leghorn with the Vice Consul ?—Yes, he said, he heard him tell the Vice Consul that he thought if hard to lie so long quarantine there, when thy were so strict at Gibraltar ; that he told him the Pearl frigate lay forty days quarantine, though she had only put a letter ashore. And when asked by the court if he had overhead Captain Dawson utter any falsehood to the officers of health that might tend to the prejudice of the service by giving them a men idea of the reputation, honour, and veracity of British officers in future ; he replied, he had heard him utter falsehoods.
The Court demanded what the falsehoods were. He replied that Captain Dawson said the Pearl only left a letter at Tangiers, whereas she landed guns there also ; and that the Pearl had not lain forty days quarantine at Gibraltar.


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The Times, May 22nd, 1805:

" .... The Avenger sloop, which is arrived at Portsmouth from Gibraltar, is ordered to be released from quarantine, there being no malignant fever on board.. ...."





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The Times, October 7th, 1786:

" .... Very particular orders have been sent to all the sea ports in the kingdom, to be singularly strict and careful to enforce a full quarantine on all vessels and goods coming from the Turkish Levant, and from any parts of the Mediterranean, &c. having connection with them. ...."




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