The Hospital Ship, 1608 – 1740

By J J Sutherland Shaw, published November 1936


The hospital ship evolved during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – old sixth rates or hired merchant ships were used for this purpose. Using records from the British Library and The National Archives the author gives details of medical equipment and stores supplied from a list dating from 1672-78, also numbers of surgeons carried and the health of seamen in general. A list of hospital ships in service between 1608 and 1740 is also included.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Health at Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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