North Atlantic Fleet Squadron Bulletin No. 54
U. S. Flagship New York. Off Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 1898.
THE Frolic came in at 8.30 p. m. from Key West with mails.
The Senior arrived with a wrecking party for the Colon; material in the way of pontoons and bags with a displacement of 8 or 9 tons is following.
The Marines broke camp and went on board the Resolute preparatory to service elsewhere. The Battalion has been remarkably healthy during its stay at Playa del Este, its condition being a marked tribute to the precautions and care exercised as to its well-being. It shows in how great a degree the question of health in the tropics, even in the worst season, is made to depend upon foresight and care. Their camp was, of course, exceptional well-placed, with no swamps, with good drainage, dry, etc., but the earlier days of their duty ashore were of a very trying character, and, had not special care been taken, would have resulted in sickness. The distilled water used, furnished by the ships, no doubt contributed very materially to this good result. The question of health is an interesting and most important one, and the following information will not be amiss.
The following shows the number of officers and men aboard each ship except the Supply now in Guantanamo Bay and the number of sick:
This gives an average of about three per cent. sick for the ships and about two and a half for the MARINE BATTALION.
Source Note: Printed, DNA, RG 313, Entry 56. This bulletin was produced on a printing press on New York (the flagship of RAdm. William T. Sampson’s North Atlantic fleet) and was distributed to the vessels. It is listed as number 54 in Squadron Bulletins, 85-86.