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Roger Fenton (1819-69)

HMS Diamond and HMS Wasp anchored in the harbour at Balaklava Mar 1855

Albumen print | 20.8 x 26.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2500465

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Photograph of HMS Diamond and HMS Wasp anchored in the harbour at Balaklava. A large number of ships with tall masts are docked in the harbour, along with a couple of rowing boats. In the foreground there is a rail track and a stack of large wooden crates. There are also a number of people and horses, blurred slightly through movement. The town of Balaklava was used as a base by the British during the Crimean War. Supplies arrived by ship into the small harbour and were transported by rail to troops engaged in the Siege of Sevastopol.
  • Creator(s)

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    Roger Fenton (1819-69) (photographer)

    HMS Wasp (sloop, launched 1850; broken 1869)
    The Diamond (ship, active 1855)
  • 20.8 x 26.9 cm (image)

    57.3 x 44.6 cm (page dimensions)

  • The Diamond and Wasp Balaklava Harbour

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Vessels (marine)
          • Ships
        • Waterway engineering
          • Harbours
          • Quays
        • Packaging
          • Sacks (containers)
    • People
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Ukraine
          • Crimea
            • Sevastopol [Crimea]
              • Balaklava [Sevastopol]
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)