John Morris and the Carthagena Expedition, 1739-1740

By Frank R. Lewis, published August 1940


The Carthagena expedition is recounted drawing on 23 letters of John Morris. He joined the navy in 1739 as masters mate in the 80 gun ship Torbay. His letters give a detailed account of preparations for the West Indies, with frequent complaints of overwork and the damaging effects of delays in sailing. The Torbay sailed on 28th October 1740 arriving in Dominica with 110 sick men including John Morris who died on the 22nd December. The commander in chief Lord Cathcart also died on 20th December, the resulting dissension in the English Command combined with the climate and sickness contributing to the failure of the expedition.

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Filed under: Austrian Succession | Health at Sea | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

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