Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society Like This Page á April 7, 2012 Commodore David Porter to Dr. Samuel Anderson, May 3, 1824 Ð This is a very rare example of a letter written by David Porter during active duty in the US NavyÕs ÒMosquito Fleet.Ó This force was organized to rid the northern Caribbean of pirates and based in Key West from 1823 Ð 1825. Porter was writing to Dr. Anderson from Matanzas, Cuba, requesting he serve as surgeon onboard the USS Decoy. Between the violent engagements with pirates and the ravages of Yellow Fever, the fleet needed all the medical help available. In fact, within a month of writing this letter, Porter himself nearly died at Key West of the disease. It is known that Dr. Anderson did agree to serve, and he stayed on until the fleet was disbanded.
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society / Coutrtesy