Go Back Report # 1259

04-01-1737   Beware. . . April Fools’ Day


Wednesday Letters came to Town from the Heathcote1, Capt. Cape, dated May 6, by which we have an Account that on the first of April a great Globe of Fire fell into the said Ship, the nauseous Smell whereof occasioned so great a Sickness among the Men that many of them died very soon (among whom was the second Mate) but the Captain, with the rest of his Hands, getting the Ship into St. Jago, and procuring proper Refreshments, they are pretty well recovered and were getting ready to sail when the Letters came away.


Reference for the above text is:

Read’s Weekly Journal Or British-Gazetteer – August 6, 1737, London, Middlesex.

Newspaper Archive.com:

http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=149006910&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=7&currentPage=0&fpo=False (must be a member to open)

With thanks to researcher Chris Aubeck of the Magonia research group for forwarding this to me.


Note 1: I am unable to locate any information on a ship named Heathcote.




Origin and destination not identified

St. Jago could be: Jamaica, Cape Verde, or Gibraltar


April Fools' Day is celebrated in different countries around the world on April 1 every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools' Day, April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when many people play all kinds of jokes and foolishness. The day is marked by the commission of good-humoured or otherwise funny jokes, hoaxes, and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, work associates, etc.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools'_Day



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