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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Monday 24th Easter Monday

Holliday & went through the Redan Malakoff & went into the Town & went under the Aqueduct & quarrys & Rifle pits & under the Second Aqueduct & Righ round the river Tchernaya The Russians on the Outher side of the river, the View of the Harbour is a Grand Sight, the Rocks is Tremendous high & Houses Cut out of them the Bridge across the River, is Burnt down which was built of wood the width of the river hear is 40 to 50 feet over hear is the Chapel Cut out of the Rock which the Russians now use. got to Inkeman Valley ascended the Heigh of Inkerman which Can be seen feet of the Dead & the Hill Covered with human Bones got to the Top & had a View of the Races in the Flat of the Tchernaya which was a Grand Sight thear was about 120,000 of English, French Sardinian & all Nations on the outher side was about 2,000 Russians which had a good view of the Races for the Ground is Higher on the North bank 2 Russians General was on our [side]

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[We] come by the Victory Redout over Inkerman Plan & by the Mill which is now a powder Magaz & through Little Kamisch & by the Iron Hut home this day was a General Holiday through the Crimea Yesterday Afternoon - a Fire at Kadokoi

Thursday 27th Very Cold with Snow & blowing a gale of Wind all day at the 62sd

Friday 28th Fine day but Finished at the 62sd

Sunday [30]th Rainey & wind all day & Rough at Sea

Monday 31st Snowey & Windy at work at W.H.Russell Esq Times Corresponden at Cathcath [Cathcarts] Hill Call at the Guards Camp & See William & Joe Ram he gave me a Russian Scaff which he brough out of the Town Spent a Happy Eveing &c

March 16th Birth of a Prince Paris ½ 6.a.m. from the Disp[ ] The Empress of France was delivered of a Prince the New got to Kamisch on Easter Sunday March 23rd 1856

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April 1st Wet & Stormey at W.H.Russell Esq

Wednesday 2sd Fine & warm the News Came that peace was proclamed at ¼ past 2 p.m. the Batterys at Kamisch open fire & on the slope of the Sarda Camp which our Artillery replied from all Quarters Half Holliday & went to our Theatre in the Eaving & Heard a lecture by Mr Hood Paymaster of the Austrailen Gold fields the life in the Bush from his own Exprinces after which was a Concert &c

Thursday 3rd Snow Storm with a Hurrican all day & Very Heavey with Snow after Sun set

Friday 4th Very Cold with Snow & our artilley Moveing the Guns Shells & Shot from the Triangle to Balaklava for Shipment Home

Saturday 5th Fine & warm all day & went to the Oven[s] & went all through them & a Russian General & Officer was on a Visit to Gen~l Codrinton Went to the Theatre in the [ ]

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The Town and Harbour & Round [ ] Balaklava [Map]

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Sunday 6th the Wether Cold with wind & a Great Meney Russians Officers & Men & Poles on our Side with passes

Monday 7th fine Morning at work at W.H.Russell Esq On Cathcath Hill See Some Russian Women

Tuesday 8th fine day & Great Meney Russians over in our Camp went to the Theatre & see the Incape [Inchcape] Bell Acted a Russian was present

Wednesday 9th Fine wether and warm a great meney of the Russians on our side & women & Girls & Children had a letter from J.H.Ram with the New of the Birth of which was born on Good-friday March 21st 1856 in the after-noon. In the Eaving went to our Theatre to hear a lecture on the asent of Mount Blanc by the Minister of the 1st Devision of the A.W.C. from french-mans hill Balaklava

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