July 24th, 1881

“July 24th, 1881 Continued

Thinking of Gibraltar I also remember that I was shown an old man of war, the “Samarang” which did some service in the Battle of Trafalgar where Nelson fell and now does duty as Colonial Guard ship. She is a queer looking craft. We had also sailing along the coast of Spain a splendid view of the mountains called Sierra Nevada, the summits of which are always covered with snow. At noon we passed the frontier of France and Italy and saw Nice and Villafranca. We were pretty near the coast, sometimes only two or three miles distant, and we could see all the towns and fishing hamlets lying near the coast; as: Monaco, the only place where gambling is allowed in Europe, then Mentone; later on San Remo and several more. They all are situated close to the coast and are sheltered from the North wind by the Maritime Alps that approach close to the coast and although the summits of those alps are so covered with snow, still the climate of the above mentioned places is always beautiful; in the winter warm and in the summer not too hot. For this reason all consumptive people come and live here and especially at Cannes and Nice in France, and Mentone and San Remo in Italy. The evening was beautiful and the sea calm. We did not wan to go to bed; but papa insisted upon us retiring for the night while he intended to go into Genoa harbor early next morning.”


(Sally here: This web site has a fabulous ships model of the Samarang and other historical stories concerning this famous “Man of War.”)


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2 Responses to July 24th, 1881

  1. Rob Viens says:

    Thanks for referencing the Beagle Project. As you can imagine, I’m a fan of old travel journals, too, so I enjoyed taking a look at your site.

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