Documents: Disinfecting Ships in 1758

By courtesy of Miss D. M. Walker, published August 1932


The letter, dated 16 November 1758, instructs Vice Admiral Henry Harrison, Commander in Chief at Plymouth, as to the appropriate actions he was to take to ensure any infectious diseases carried aboard vessels returning from overseas voyages were to be eliminated. These actions included emptying the ship, including the ballast, and thoroughly cleaning the interior.

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Filed under: Seven Years’ War | English Channel | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

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