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City of London 1957

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Port of London]

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SECTION XIII — Inspection of Ships for nuisances


Inspections and NoticesNo. of Vessels
Number of vessels visited by Port Health Inspector13,523
Number of vessels on which sanitary defects were found, and details reported to the Master, Owners and/or Ministry of Transport646
Number of Statutory Notices servedNIL
Number of vessels on which sanitary defects were remedied638
Summary of Structural and other Defects
Inadequate ventilation25
Defective Lighting — Natural
Do. do. — Artificial3
Defective Heating8
Leaking Decks19
Leaking Ports, Decklights, etc.16
Leaking Sideplates1
Leaking Hawse and Chain Pipes
Deficient or Obstructed Floor Drainage17
Water lodging on top of Peak Tanks1
Defective Bulkheads2
Do. Floors17
Do. Doors6
Do. Chain Pipes
Do. Bunks17
Do. Clothes Lockers3
Do. Food Lockers6
Do. Food Storage20
Do. Cooking Arrangements14
Defective or Uncleanly Drinking Water Storage4
Water Closet Obsolete5
Do. Defective14
Do. Foul or Choked10
Do. Inadequate Flush10
Wash Basins Defective15
Do. Foul4
Neglected Paintwork or Distemper14
Absence of Washrooms1
Absence of Messrooms
Misappropriation of Crew Spaces2
Verminous Quarters144
Dirty Quarters484

The Port Health Inspector on the West India Dock, reported on the 29th October, 1957 on the
excellent condition of the quarters on the s.s. "TEANO" and your Medical Officer accordingly
sent a letter of congratulation to the Owners, The Ellermans' Wilson Line, Ltd. as follows:—
s.s. "TEANO"
"The Port Health Inspector in the West India Dock has recently called my attention to the
high standard of cleanliness and hygiene on this vessel and to the active encouragement
received by the ship's personnel from the supervising shore staff.
"When the vessel was inspected after her two recent voyages, on both occasions the galley
and storerooms were in an immaculate condition; the paintwork was excellent, and all woodwork,
such as benches, lockers and the gratings and battens in the storerooms and I refrigerator,
were scrubbed to a "snow" whiteness.
"This exceptional cleanliness must portray the great pride felt by the Catering Staff for
'their' ship and entail a lot of hard work.
"It gives me much pleasure to commend the good work of your Company, the shore staff
and the ship's personnel on this most satisfactory achievement."
Arising out of the cases of typhoid fever in 1956, at Scrapsgate, Minster, Isle of Sheppey,
alleged to be due to the consumption of shellfish collected from the foreshore in that area, and
the subsequent instructions of the Port of London Health Committee that an Order in respect of
that area should be made under the Public Health (Shellfish) Regulations, 1934, an Order in the
following terms was made on the 25th July, 1957:—
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Mayor andCommonalty and Citizens of the City of London,
the Port Health Authority of the Port of London and the Local Authority for the purposes of the
Public Health (Shellfish) Regulations, 1934, did on the 25th day of July, 1957, make an Order in
the following terms:—