This Day In History: 1849-06-30

Troopship Apollo, carrying the 59th Foot (later 2nd East Lancashires) under orders for Hong Kong, makes Tenerife, 13 days out from Ireland. Flying the Yellow Jack quarantine flag because of the cholera on board, she had been ordered away from Madeira the day before without even being allowed to water. At first, she is again ordered away, but eventually, large barrels of fresh water are towed out to her.  As the last one is being hoisted aboard, it slips and crushes Colour Sergeant Nolan, who had been searching for a hammock in which to bury one of his children, dead of the cholera that morning. His widow and two more of their children are to die of fever soon after the Regiment finally arrives in China.