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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[Image - sketch of 'Map of Malta', signed Alfd Ram]

Sunday 4th I went over to the Town of Valletta & went into a Splended Cathedral Called St Jhons whear Nepoliann the 1st Took the Golden Gates from & Silver Ones is in thear place the Church is a Very Grand Sight the painting & the flooring is the Grandis Sight I Ever See which represents the Arms of Malta of Diffrent Knights & all Diffrent Coloured Marble & thear are a Great Meney Such Churches as theas with Splended Paintings in them the Natives is Very Dark the Young Girls & Women wares large black silk Vails over thear Head they are a Short Race of Pepol compared with the English but they are Very Kind to the English for thay are

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very frighten of the English the fish & meat market is a large Square but Very Dirty Wine & Brandeys is very cheap & good at the Groc[ery] Shops thay Give the Cigars away like thay Give Short pipes in England Spent a Merry Day Left Valletta to our quaters in a Boat at 11.p.m.

Monday 5th Very fine day & walk roned our Ileland of Lazettre to see what was going on & fell in with some Maltee Carpenters Building some Huts for Drafts of Diffrent Rigments from England bound for the East. thay only gets 1/6 to 2/0 a day & Bread 6d per 1½lb loaf Bathed in the Harbour

Tuesday 6th Crossed the Bay to Valletta & walk round the Forts & Crossed to the Grand Harbour Stairs called Sally Point & Spent a Very Plesent Day in the Eaveing in our return home see a Crowd round a Shop the corner of Strada Real which proved to be the first Gas used in Valletta or Malta & went to the Royal Theatere in the Eaving & see a Opera Proformed which was Very Grand

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Wednesday 7th Fine & warm day & Visited a french Grave [yard] Near Our Quarters thay Buried thear Dead without Coffen or Eny think to Cover the[m] this is the french fasion in Malta

Thursday 8th Fine & warm day & Bathed in the Bay

Friday 9th Fine wether till 4.p.m when a frightful Thunder Storm Came on which lasted for some time the Lighten Very Strong

Saturday 10th 5th Week A Very Hevey Thunder Storm & the lighten Struck a Hut near our Quaters & Split it all to peases. the sea Very rough in the Bay & Harbour & all Sea all day So that the Maltee would not take moor tha[n] 4 men across the Bay in the Boat at a time & after Gun fire would not go at all from being frighten

Sunday 11th Went across the Bay to the Town & Crossed to the Grand Harbour or Sally Point went into the Dock Yard & Dry Dock whear the Azof was in. Went all over the Diffrent Forts & Barracks & went all over the place this wside the town & had Dinner off Pigs Chidglins & Potatoes

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Monday 12th Fine wether & warm & rec~d 2/6 for washing &c Strolling again from our Quaters to Fort Manule & had a Barth in the Bay near the Wasp

Tuesday 13th Fine wether & warm & a deal of lighten at night.

Wednesday 14th Went into the Country 6 of us Chaps we walk about 3½ English Miles when we took a Cab 4 Inside & 2 as foot-men & the Driver running by the Side thay took us to a Tower Called the Citta Notabile & went into a Cathedral Called St. Pauls which was a Splented Sight the Painting was Grand the Preist took us about 200 Yard to a Iron Door & a Boy lit 6 Candles & Gave us 1 Each & we went down under Ground a Great Deepth into a Large Square Vault & then up some steps & walked about this Place which was the Remains of the Dead of which Coffens was Rotted Away &c this Place was Formed by an Earthquake but now called Vicolli Catacombs. See the Race Corses & Had a Good View of St. Pauls Bay on our Return home Called at the Goveneurs Garden & had some Oranges &c Got to the wall which the surrounded the Citta Notabile to keep Invaders Out thear is a gate on the road very grand it is

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Arrived at Valleta at 5.p.m. on a C[ ] Truck Very bad riding

Thursday 15th Crossed over to Valleta to a Grand Review Near the Florian Barracks got Drinken in the Tow[ ] & did not see it the E. K. Millita is stationed hear

Friday 16th Wether fine & warm at 6.p.m. Heavy rain.

Saturday 17th 6th Week Fine day & went to the English Stors which is under Ground 7 Years Store is Kept.

Sunday 18th Very hot & went to the English Church in Valleta which is a fine Church with Spire

Monday 19th This day the Azof of came out of Dry Dock for the 2nd time & was deemed quite Sea Worthy thow only Patch up the Hole in her Bows was 4ft [feet] by 10 ft [feet] & 6 feet of her Keal Knock away at 10.a.m. the Azof Steamed into the Qurintine Bay to take in Coals & take us on Board which we was Ordered to that Afect at 4.p.m. Small Boats Come & took us on board with our luggege. as soon as the Men & Everything was on baurd she weighed & at once Steamed out of the Harbour of Malta

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