US Navy Mediterranean Squadron and Navy Hospital in Port Mahon
"The hospital is large and commodious"
In 1815, with the end of the War of 1812, the United States Navy returned to the Mediterranean with a powerful squadron. The Navy’s objective was to end the Barbary States attacks against American merchant ships. With peace was achieved in 1815, the U.S. Navy established a permanent presence of warships in the Mediterranean as a deterrent against future attacks.
To support its warships, a base of operations, strategically located to the Barbary States was selected. The Island of Menorca with its great harbor and its port, was such a location. Commodore John Shaw, Commander of the U.S. Mediterranean Squadron arrived at Mahon and was courteously received by the island’s governor, who granted permission to land stores and provisions, as well as establish a hospital. Surgeon McReynolds established the hospital in the town of Mahon in November 1815.
In a letter to the Secretary of the Navy, McReynolds wrote that the hospital was “large and commodious, it has since been furnished with berthing and other furniture necessary for the accommodation of thirty patients.” The Royal Navy’s former hospital on Isla del Rey was also
Over the course of the next two decades, Mahon and Menorca would become a home to thousands of U.S. Sailors and Marines.
The most detailed account of the U.S. Navy’s hospital can be found in the book The Endemic Influence of Evil Government in View of Climate, Topography and diseases, of the Island of Minorca 1843 by the U.S. Navy Surgeon Jonathan Foltz. Foltz acted as head of the hospital between 1839 and 1841.
Erected 2016 by Naval Order of the United States, The Navy League of the United States, and the Society for the History of Navy Medicine with support from the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & Medicine • War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 39° 53.012′ N, 4° 17.171′ E. Marker is in Es Castell, Balearic Islands, in Balearic Islands. Marker can be reached from Carrer de Agamenon. This marker is located in an open corridor leading to the courtyard of the Royal Navy Hospital Museum on Isla del Rey. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Carrer de Agamenon 16, Es Castell, Balearic Islands 07720, Spain. Touch for directions.
Regarding US Navy Mediterranean Squadron and Navy Hospital in Port Mahon. The painting in the center
Also see . . . An article from the USS Constitution Museum, including artwork shown on the marker. (Submitted on January 5, 2021.)
1. Contributors to this Marker
This marker was established by the National Capital Commandery of the Naval Order of the US. Contributors were: Navy League of Madrid, the USS Constitution Museum, the Navy Bureau of Medicine, and the Society for the History of Navy Medicine.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 29, 2020, by Judith Elizabeth Pearson of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 29, 2020, by Judith Elizabeth Pearson of Burke, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.