- Jul 26, 2008
Typhoid....hmm...hadn't thought of that...I was thinking of all the captain's reports in the Naval Chronicles from the "West Indies Station" and the deaths due to "Black Vomit" (Yellow Fever/Yellow Jack).Ah! Of course. Yes, if you didn’t have the class status/$$$, and had to work your way up and wait for openings, nothing like heavy casualties above you or a good sweep of typhoid to clear promotion congestion.
But...yes, typhoid...that's why water was not the preferred drink of choice!
(The daily alcohol allowance on RN ships of the day is, honestly, amazing)