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Port of London 1912

Report for the year ended 31st December 1912 of the Medical Officer of Health for the Port of London

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The drinking water is brought to the vessel in a barge, and is syphoned thence into
tanks stowed in the lower part of the vessel. These tanks are cleaned out and
lime washed annually in the month of July.
The supply of water for daily use is pumped from these tanks by means of a large
pump, which can be used at will either for pumping river water for fire purposes, or fire
drill, or for drinking water. The practice of using this pump for river water has been
discontinued since July in this year, and the pipes communicating from the pump to the
drinking water supply are furnished with taps, which are closed and locked.
Only condensed milk is used by the boys, no fresh milk being bought.
There has been no epidemic of Diphtheria on shore, and the boys only go on shore
to the playing fields. There is, however a "tuck "shop in the village, which the boys
frequent, and where ice cream may be purchased, but no connection has been found
between the boys affected and those eating ice cream from this shop.
The following table shows the dates of notification, the number of hammock
slinging, and the number of mess:—


Date of Notification.Onset of Disease.Mess.Initials of Patient.Hammock Slinging.
28th J anuary26th January1A. R. F.19
29th February27th February7W. S. H.121
4th March1st March9L. S. T.151
20th March10th March1J. V. F.3
27th March25th March11C. A. W.183
15th April12th April8C. F.124
25th April22nd April3H. B.47
10th May8th May7P. W.129
29th May26th May4J. S. L.58
5th June3rd June3E. G. C.39
11th June8th June14L. H.204
19th June18th June1F. B.15
27th June23rd June15A. W.235
22nd July18th July2E. A.6
16th August14th August14J. W.224
16th August25th August14R. W.198
28th August28th August3T. G. L.57
2nd September1st September10W. P.148
6th September4th September14S. N.212
22nd September19 th September1A. C.13
24th September22nd September13A. Y.205
14th October12th OctoberNew boysW. R. H.115
19th October17th October7T. R.99
22nd October20th OctoberNew boysH. J. E.79
26th October25th October6W. F. G.90
5th November3rd November16L. J. T.226
1st December29th NovemberNew boysF. W. L.106