This Day in History: 1798-12-30

30th Foot (later 1st East Lancashires) embarks at Cork, Ireland, under orders for the recently-captured Minorca, with 529 all ranks, including a draft of 95 recruits received at the last minute. These last were Irish prisoners, captured in the recent rebellion, and given the not too difficult choice of enlisting or being hanged. Most, but not all, became loyal soldiers of King George. However, foul weather keeps the ships storm-bound at the Cove of Cork (Cobh) until the end of January, and after 78 days confined on the crowded transports sickness breaks out before they can reach Port Mahon, Minorca.