On Sunday 21 April, the boat will leave the quayside of Moll del Hospital, Calle Fontanillas, Es Castell at 09. 00 hours (as it does every Sunday). A special event has been organised in the library at 09.30 hours when 14 extracts will be read in English and Spanish (seven in each language) from the book ‘Observations on the Epidemical Diseases in Minorca 1744 to 1749’, written by the eminent army surgeon Dr George Cleghorn who was the resident doctor on the Isla del Rey at the time. The readings are a description of the island and its people in the 18th century and the session will last under an hour. To date, the library has received over 3,000 books through generous donations making it a fascinating and historic place to visit.
After the readings, visitors are invited to a Menorcan breakfast and a short guided tour (with English and Spanish guides) around the naval hospital. Boats return between 11.00 and 11.30 hours. There will be no charge for the boat, the library readings, the breakfast or the guided tour, so it is hoped the event will be well attended. Books and roses will be sold on the island and proceeds will go into a fund to pay for the reprinting of George Cleghorn’s book. Any donations, however small, made towards the ongoing restoration of the hospital are also always gratefully received.
St George’s Day Service
In addition, on St George’s day itself, Tuesday 23 April, there will be church service on the Isla del Rey in St George’s Naval Chapel at 11.00 hours. This will also be the last church service taken by Menorca’s locum priest, The Very Reverend Michael Higgins. The boat will ferry those wishing to attend to the Isla del Rey from 10.00 hours, departing as usual from Calle Fontanillas, Es Castell.
The photograph above of the naval hospital on the Isla del Rey is courtesy of Menorca Photography Tours.
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