[Stewart, Charles].


Liverpool : W. C. Grimley, 5, Dale Street. 1st ed., 1864. 75 pp. Mauve blind-decorated cloth ; gilt. 17 x 11cm. Spine discoloured o/w V.G. Inscribed by a descendant of the author, Charles Stewart Holden : "C. S. Holden. Xmas 1901 (named after the writer of these letters)". Privately printed for private circulation by the family of the author, Charles Stewart, Second Engineer aboard the screw-steamer LOUISIANA, which sailed from Liverpool for New York on the 5th January, 1864. On the 13th the ship had reached lat. 47 N., long. 30 W., when she ran into a terrible hurricane. A huge sea struck the steamer around midnight, smashing her boats, galley, etc., sweeping away the deckhouse and fifteen of its inmates, Charles Stewart was one of those lost overboard. These letters were published to keep alive his memory and as an appropriate memorial. The 23 letters were written between 1853 and 1862 aboard the ANDES which sailed from Plymouth for Gallipoli with the 1,100-strong 1st Royals on-board, and on to Constantinople, Black Sea, Sebastopol, Scutari and onwards to Balaclava. Letters are written from these places during the Crimean War ; in Beikos Bay, off Scutari Hospital, at Sezopoli, off Varna, Genoa, etc., before sailing home to Spithead. Other letters were written aboard the Steam Transport NIAGARA which sailed from Liverpool to Kingstown ; aboard S/S CLEOPATRA which arrived in Plymouth from Bermuda after a 15-day passage ; and aboard R.M.S. MACGREGOR LAIRD on a voyage to West Africa. The letters were only meant for the eyes of his family, but Charles Stewart provides vivid descriptions of life aboard early steamers and the historic events witnessed by this Liverpool Engineer in the Black Sea and elsewhere. EXTREMELY SCARCE.

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