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Title: SS Sea Rambler 149165
Post by: Grotto77 on Sunday 18 October 20 14:27 BST (UK)
Several of the crew including captain Munday were struck down with a mysterious illness in Aug 1936. The Captain decided to alter his course to Madeira where a number of the crew died, one being John David Porter. At first their thought it was food poison but later that year after blood had been taken from the surviving crew it turned out that it was yellow fever. 

Does anyone know how to find the cemetery in Funchal, Madeira, where John and the others are buried.  I have tried Find A Grave but no luck.

John Porter died 3 September 1936 at Funchal Hospital.


Title: Re: SS Sea Rambler 149165
Post by: CaroleW on Sunday 18 October 20 15:26 BST (UK)
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Title: Re: SS Sea Rambler 149165
Post by: hanes teulu on Sunday 18 October 20 15:46 BST (UK)
The incident widely reported including "burials at sea" in one report. But the Lloyds Agent at Funchal was reporting on 1 Sep 1936 that of the 11 admitted to hospital "... two more have died.   Three had previously died ... Captain and five of the crew still in hospital".

There is a British Cemetery at Funchal. Try googling it - records are not online..

Note - the total of 7 deaths completed by 2 deaths at sea before reaching Funchal?

Title: Re: SS Sea Rambler 149165
Post by: hanes teulu on Sunday 18 October 20 15:54 BST (UK)
The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer , 5 Sep 1936, has an item reporting John David Porter (21), Taylor Street, South Shields, died in hospital at Funchal, Madeira.
Title: Re: SS Sea Rambler 149165
Post by: Drosybont on Sunday 18 October 20 20:02 BST (UK)
Find A Grave have a burial for John David Porter in the British Cemetery, Funchal.

Drosybont