The Camp and the Cutter; or, a Cruise to the Crimea -
1856 - Thomas Hodgson, London - First Edition
A well written and personal account of ‘yet another anxious to visit the sites and “sights” of the Crimea, as the conflict neared its end’. He left London in October 1855 to Malta where he joined his cutter “Sparrow Hawk”, which he was, however obliged to leave for repairs in Constantinople, sailing with the admiralty to Balaklava, where he endured the severity of a Crimean winter, whilst visiting various recent scenes of battle including ‘the “blood-stained ruins” of Sevastopol’. His description of ‘Chritsmas-Dayin the Crimea’ is fascinating whilst all the time the Russian Guns kept up their incessant booming.