May 24 - 27

May 24.

Pleasant throughout. Coolies on deck, &. as usual. At 5 A.m. No. 91 died, at 7 A.m. No. 207 died. The ship is ordered by Captain General to proceed to MarielMariel

A city in Cuba, 25 miles west of Havana.
and there remain in quarintine(sic) till further orders. Doctors say there is no contagious disease on board. Gave coolies Rice, &. for breakfast and Cungy for dinner. They appear to be frightened and don’t eat much. Some Pumpkins came on board for the coolies. At 3 P.m. left Havana for Mariel, arrived at Mariel at 10 P.m., anchored in the bay. A Man of WarMan-of-War

A warship.
at anchor also with us. No. 300 & 218 are the worst cases we’ve on hand. A number of others are also sick.

 

May 25th

Pleasant throughout. Coolies on deck, &. as usual. Captain of the Port alongside. Sick coolies about the same. None died from 7 A.m. yesterday till 3 P.m. today when No. 177 died (32 hours.) Cleaned Below, &. Cool weather, good breeze. No. 300 & 216 about the same, No. 135 sick pretty bad. Gave fresh vegetable – Cungy, &. Coolies do not eat much. Gave coolies bean water (or broth) at 6 P.M. and shall give them rice water tomorrow before breakfast. Give Sick Coolies what they need in way of food – that is what we have on board. Sago all gone.

 

May 26th

Pleasant throughout. Coolies on deck, &. as usual. Moved ship up in a creek out sight & further from the town. At 12 M [midnight] No. 135 died. At 6 A.m. No. 273 died, at 12 N [noon] No. 185 died, at 2.30 P.m. No. 300 died, at 4.30 P.m. No. 296 died. Gave coolies food as usual. Fresh vegetables. Put chloride lime below twice and cleaned deck & aired blankets, mats, &. No. 218 about the same. Several Coolies bad with dropsy of the penis & bag. One, No. 462, very bad. Coolies died was taken to sea & buried. Gave Coolies Rice water (hot) at 6 A.m. and Bean water 6.30 P.m. Coolies kept on deck under awnings during the day. Weather moderate fine. Pretty cool mornings. Coolies do not eat any more than yesterday Prisoners in irons have more food allowed them.

 

May 27.

Pleasant throughout. Coolies on deck, &. as usual. At 4 a.m. No. 122 died, at 3.30 P.m. No. 168 died – at 4.30 P.m. No. 382 died, at 7.30 P.m. No. 494 died. Had an examination of all the coolies, found a number of with dropsy of the Penis & bag. Counted coolies--433 at (illegible) P.M. Gave food as usual. Cleaned below as usual. Think that some of these coolies that die have the appearance of having scurvyScurvy

A disease marked by spongy gums, loosening teeth, and bleeding into the skin and mucous membranes, caused by lack of vitamin C.
. Weather about the same. Coolies quiet but wish for the land. Some talk of building barracoonBarracoon

An enclosure or barracks formerly used for temporary confinement of slaves or convicts.
ashore for well coolies, and putting the sick in a small vessel coming from Havana which I hope will be soon. – 25 coolies sick not counting the swelled penis lot. – Aired the blankets, &. today. Nos. 147, 252, 175, 377, 47, 15, 341, 49, 214, 239, 259, 483, 345(?), 446. Rheumatism – Nos. 263, 208, 236, 107, 205, 381, 243, 237, 211, 1, 401, 228, 143. Pain in Breast Nos. 84 & 268. Diarrhea Nos. 408, 316, 9, 3, 348, 248, 45, 225, 219, 471, 292, 278, 355, 437, 199, 105, 195, 496, 329, 65, 399, 95, 304, 362, 491, 71, 96, 44, 247, 167, 154, 267, 215, 345, 478, 462, 186, 340, 218. Slight swelling of penis, &. Nos. 368, 406, 240, 231, 108, 257, 245, 242, 280, 320, 222, 188, 136, 478, 227, 223. Bad swelling of the Penis, &.