The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on 13.2.1797

When the Thetis first anchored in the harbour of Valletta on Malta 24.10.1796, the Maltese authorities ordered a 40-day quarantine before the crew would be allowed to go ashore. The quarantine was motivated by a fear of the plague. The crew, however, did not go ashore this time because Captain Fisker decided to go to Tripoli before the quarantine had expired. See Pavels’ diary, the National Library, Oslo; published in English in Sørensen & Schirò, op.cit., p. 31; and Thiele I, p. 62.

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