A Voyage to Cadiz and Gibraltar; Up the Mediterranean to Sicily and Malta in 1810 and 1811 Volume 1

A Voyage to Cadiz and Gibraltar; Up the Mediterranean to Sicily and Malta in 1810 and 1811 Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1815 edition. Excerpt: ...House; we had our own bedding, and We met a most hospitable reception from the 4th battalion of the German Legion. Before dinner, I went on the top of the Citadel with Major Brady, from whence there is a most complete bird's eye view of all the works. The town is very dirty: the weather hot and close. Thermometer seventy degrees. 22nd.--Before breakfast went in a scampavia, to see the Forts of Garcia and Vittoria, which are built on a rock in the sea, and defend the harbour: the works are perfect, and in good order; but, like all our Sicilian forts, have no garrison. The light-house is, in a circular and strong fort, built on a rock. I landed, with Major Brady, on the Isthmus, and went round all the town fortifications, and looked into the Dominican Church, which is a good one. The Convent is occupied as a barrack and store-house: There is a good barrack for nine hundred men, which was formerly a 206 sr. AUGUSTA. Malta store-house. The Cathedral here has a facade, which is not to be found fault with; and some modern pictures and good marble alto-relievos at the altar. The Citadel, or Castle, and its works, are in perfect' order, and very strong, but would require 2000 men, at least, for the defence. I examined the works most minutely: there are not any mines or bomb-proofs. A hill-so far commands it, that a battery there would greatly annoy, though not breach it; and though strong, I think it might be improved particularly by a cavalier on one of the bastions towards that hill, having a traversing gun. The fort is a quadrangle of two stories, with four lower and four upper bastions: the out-works new. The repairing of this Castle-fort, done by the British, was an enormous expence. IF In the year 1800, an ofiicer and three...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236743237
  • 9781236743237