Sailing the British Empire : The Voyages of The Clarence, 1858-73Main MenuSailing the British Empire: The Voyages of the Clarence, 1858-73IntroductionThe Crew / AcknowledgmentsThe Provenance of Watson's LogAdditional Sources: Logs, Crew Lists, DiariesInside Lloyd's Register"Green's Celebrated Service"Details on owner of the ship at the time of our voyage, Richard Green.The Master Builder: William PileThe Master: Joseph Watson's BiographyA Mate's ProgressThe Career of Henry Berridge, First Mate of the ClarenceThe Crew of the Clarence in 1864An annotated crew listThe 18th HussarsThe Clarence and the Cyclone of 1864Origins of Indian Emigrants Aboard The ClarenceThe Surgeon-SuperintendantWages of indentured labourers in Demerara (1870-1900)The Clarence Sails to AustraliaMutiny! Violence and Resistance Aboard "Coolie Ships"Cholera: The Killer from CalcuttaSTSC 077, Fall 2015 First Year Seminar, University of Pennsylvaniab33a025deaa7595ed0079bfc9b77ea3cb14b8d08STSC 077, The University of Pennsylvania, fall 2015
Timeline of Cholera Pandemics
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Epidemic disease, most notably cholera for ships departing from the Indian subcontinent, has appeared to be the single largest cause of deaths amongst indentured labourers. While the Clarence itself was lucky enough to be spared from a cholera outbreak on her voyages of 1864-5, it would have definitely been a major concern for the ship’s surgeon as well as the crew and passengers. From plantation owners who kept losing their source of labour to the disease, as well as anxious locals in ports where the ships docked, cholera led to multiple areas of concern from external parties as well. In fact, the Clarence’s surgeon, Charles Turner, had already dealt with cholera in previous voyages, and a section of the passengers from the 18th Hussars would later become all too familiar with the disease, when it ravaged their regiment in 1871. More information about the Hussars can be found on “18th Hussars" written by Sam Bryggman. However, an epidemic of a different nature affected the passengers on the Clarence, more about which can be found in the pages written by Noelle.
No disease has had quite the impact that cholera has had in South Asia, and the shipping routes that originated or led to the region. A disease that showed no discrimination in claiming victims of different races, castes and gender, cholera struck suddenly and unpredictably, causing acute diarrhoea and vomiting, that rapidly led to severe dehydration and death.
Endemic to Bengal- present eastern India and Bangladesh- cholera’s first documented spread of considerable magnitude, outside of the subcontinent, began in 1817. Since then, seven pandemic (spanning continents) cholera outbreaks have occurred. Although the perceptions of the disease varied over time and from person to person, as highlighted by the contradictary nature of some accounts, the magnitude of its impact is undisputed. With cholera claiming over 48 million lives between 1817 and 1945, and disrupting numerous political and mercantile interest, there is no dearth of historical information surrounding it. What was also agreed upon was the fact that cholera was the disease most closely associated with mobility and migration across the 19th century.
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