The Baltic, the Black Sea, and the Crimea: Comprising Travels in Russia, a Voyage Down the Volga to Astrachan, and a Tour Through Crim Tartary

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Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1854 - Russia - 346 pages
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Page 275 - Grecian architecture, and is elegantly fitted-up internally. The books are principally confined to naval and military subjects, and the sciences connected with them, history, and some light reading. " The club-house is handsome externally, and comfortable within. It contains a large ball-room, which is its most striking feature, and billiard-rooms, which...
Page 269 - ... to those of England and France, yet there can be no doubt of the Russian seamen being well trained in gunnery, nor of their being endowed with a kind of passive courage which would lead them to stick to their work when not called upon to exercise their seamanship, in which they are very deficient. "There were in the military harbor of Sevastopol twelve line-of-battle ships, eight frigates, and seven corvettes, comprising the Black Sea fleet, independent of steamers. We visited, amongst others,...
Page 275 - It contains a large ball-room, which is its most striking feature, and billiard-rooms, which appeared to be the great centres of attraction ; but one looked in vain for reading-rooms, filled with newspapers and journals. There are many good churches ; and a fine landing-place of stone from the military harbour, approached on the side of the town beneath an architrave supported by high columns.
Page 275 - The eastern side of the town is so steep that the -mast-heads of the ships cannot be seen until one gets close to them. Very beautiful views are obtained from some parts of the place, and it is altogether agreeably situated. A military band plays every Thursday evening in the public gardens, at which time the fashionables assemble in great numbers. " As Sevastopol is held exclusively as a military and naval position, commerce does not exist.
Page 266 - By great interest we obtained permission to enter this fortress. It is built of white limestone, a fine sound stone, which becomes hard, and is very durable, the same material being used for all the other forts. Between every two casemates are furnaces for heating shot red hot : we measured the calibre of the guns, and found it to be eight inches, capable of throwing shells or sixty-eight pound solid shot.
Page 268 - If Sevastopol can be so easily taken by the allied fleets alone, and without land forces, as some people appear to imagine, it would be very satisfactory to know what amount of resistance it is expected that Portsmouth could offer to an enemy with her seventy or eighty guns, not above fiveand-twenty of which are heavier than thirtytwo pounders. " We do not mean to assert that it is impossible to destroy Sevastopol from the sea alone, but we believe that it could only be accomplished by an unnecessary...
Page 276 - Sevastopol is not the port of construction for ships of war: they are all built at Nicholiev on the River Bug, as Petersburg is the building-place for Cronstadt. But here all repairs are done, and stores and materials of war in great quantity kept in the naval arsenal. The works that have been accomplished in the little port appropriated to this department are immense. The quavs are well and strongly built of limestone with granite copings, under the superintendence of an English master mason.
Page 259 - IF thou would'st view fair Melrose aright, Go visit it by the pale moon-light; For the gay beams of lightsome day Gild, but to flout, the ruins gray.
Page 274 - The streets are built in parallel lines from north to south, and intersected by others from east to west ; and the houses, being of limestone, have a substantial appearance. The public buildings are fine. The library erected by the Emperor for the use of naval and military officers, is of Grecian architecture, and is elegantly fitted up internally. The books are principally confined to naval and military subjects, and the sciences connected with them ; history, and some light reading. "The club-house...
Page 273 - Yalta is another port where men and material might be safely landed, and where but little opposition could be offered ; but although united to Sevastopol by a good road, this is in many places cut out of the face of the perpendicular rock, and could not only be defended by the enemy with facility, but a few hours' work would render it quite impassable.

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