Brief Account of the voyage from England to Balaklava, 1855 (part 1)

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The manuscript includes regular diary entries on the details of the trip and has sketches of ports and sights along the route. This is attributed to Alfred Ram as his signature is with the sketches.

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Breif Account of the Voyage From England to Balaklava

The Screw Steam Azof of Greenock off Greenhithe Captain Thornhill

Monday October 8th 1855 At 11½ a.m. left the Palace at Sydenham arrived at London Bridge Shifted on to the N.K. [North Kent] Line. Still in the Same Carrages Arrived at Greenhithe about 1 p.m. Went on board of the S. Steam Ship} Captain Thornhill Azof of Greenock } C. M. Goldsmith At 2 p.m. Tuesday 9th Laying off Greenthithe Fine Wether &c Wednesday 10th Steam Up & Weighed Anchor at 7 a.m. Run in[to] small craft off Gravesend which broke away our Main Stay Passed Southend Pier Sheerness & the Nore[ ] Light [North Foreland Lighthouse?] Fine and Warm - all day with light Br[ ]

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Passed Deal & Dover & [put the] Pilot off at 4.p.[m] Passed Hastens [Hastings] at St. Lenards which was lit up with [ ] at 6 p.m. Sighed Duneness [Dungeness?] Light House Head Wind [ ]

Thursday 11th Rough Head wind & sea all day & In sight of th[e] [Isle] of Wight a deal of lighten in the eveing

Friday 12th At 4.a.m. the Engins broke down. We worked the Sa[ils?] till ½ 8.a.m. the Engins repaired Fine day but Squarley Sighted the Lands End & the Lizard Light House in the Chops of the Channel all Night

Saturday 13th A Fresh Sea Breeze all day & in the Chops of the Channel & the Bay of Biscay

Sunday 14th Fine warm wether & had Church Service in the after-noon in the Bay of Biscay all well till 10. p.m. then a Gale Sprunk up & became very rough all night the Ship rolling on Her beam Ends & a Man Jumped over board throuth Fright

Monday 15th Wind & sea very rough all day

Tuesday 16th At 6. a.m Sighted Cape Finester wether fine [&] Warm with light Breeze

Wednesday 17th Dull & Gloomey & blowing a Gale of wind up to Mid-night.

Thursday 18th Wind & Sea Very rough all day & at 1/2 ll. p.m [We] nearley run into a Vessell we had to stop

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the Engins & ordered to go astern which could not be [done?] as the Engins was out of repaire. the Vessell passed [along?] side of our & the Captain swore at thears Orders was given to go a head which could not be done & the Capt. told me & some more men to go down into th[e] Engin room & Start the Engin which was done by [the] Means of a Rope about 9 Men

Friday 19th Sighted Cape Vincent & Trifalger Bay wether g[ood?] with a light Breeze & warm at 9.p.m. the Engins going half Speed all night till Day-light

Saturday 29th 2sd Week At 5.a.m Entered the Gul[f] of Gibralter the Spanish Coast on one side & the African on the outher a Splended View of diffrent Spanish Villages & the Mountains which is Very High Passed a French Man of War which we saluted with our Ensine & we nearly run Into a french Merchant We had to stop and go astern which was done to Prevent it Sighted the Rock of Giberalter 11.a.m. Passed a Wreck of a 3 Mast Ship At ½ 12 p.m. we Anchored in the Bay of Giberalter at 3 p.m. Sliped our Cable to come along side of an American Liner to take in Coals. Taken in Coals, till 3.a.m Sunday 21st Boms Boats [bumboats] Came along side of us & we Bort Cigars 12 a penny Tobacco 1/0 per lbs Bread 4d per Loaf Figs Very Cheap & Diffrent Foreing Fruits Takeing Sounding going into the Bay the Lead Struck a Man in the Heard & nearly killed him

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Sunday 21st The Wether fine & hot which Enabled us to have a Good View of the Town Forts Camps & Diffrent Towns & the Surounding country which is a Fine [Sight] Got from the American liner all right at 11.a.m. At 3.p.m. a Squarl Sprunk up & we Come into Contact with her Bows which was likley [to] prove Very Searios to us for all our Mizen Mast Riggen was torn to peases & the Ornimental Work round our Stern got the Steam up & Started at Gun Fire which is 8.p.m. Nearley run into a Ship at anchor we had to stop the Engins to prevent it we left the Town and Bay the Light House seem quite dim for the Moon shon so Bright & the Sea like a Mill pond.

Monday 22nd Fine day with a deal of Lighten in the Evening the Moon Bright & Sea Smooth.

Tuesday 23rd Fine & warm & passed a 4 Mast Screw Steamers with a deal of Lighten at Night.

Wednesday 24th Wind & Sea Very rough all day & Sighted Algiers at 1.p.m

Thursday 25th Wind & Sea Very Rough & passed a French Man of War in Full Sail which we saluted with our Ensine.

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Friday 26th Fresh Breeze & warm all day & a paddle Steamer Passed our Stern at 10.p.m. which was serpossed to be the Parsific the Sea very rough toward Midnight.

[image: drawing of ship among high waves] The S.S. Ship Azof after striking on the Skirke Rock at ¼ to 5.a.m. [?] 27th 1855

Saturday 27th 3rd Week At ½ 4 a.m. all Hands on board was ala[r]med by the Ship Strikeing on a rock. She Struck three times the first was a Tremendus Shock which was Enough to Knock the Ship to Peases & Everythink in her The Man was thrown from the Helm a Great meny was on the Decks & in the Quaters life boats one of was full & Had the Tackling Cut through & only the rope which was tied to the Bulwalks of the Ship If thay had Cleared thay all would been lost. The Captain came up on deck in his Draws & Exclamed By God we are all lost & then the Rockets of Distress was fired off 6 [in] number the Sea run[ ]

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