Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a
gold frame, your choice. RtW.149.
Entitled – Aden. General View, showing Camel Market.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Aden. – From Suez to Aden is a journey of about six days by one of the Austrian Lloyd steamers.
This English settlement and coaling station is situated on a barren and rocky peninsula, ten miles by three miles, and is hemmed in by hills.
Aden, which we wrested from the Arabs on January 16th, 1839, is connected with the mainland by a causeway 1,350yds. wide.
Steamers stop here about six hours to coal.
The best buildings in the place are decidedly the hotels, which are situated at the edge of the beach in the form of a crescent; each consists of one immense ground floor, having a well protected veranda entirely round it.
Water is scarce here, as it seldom rains more than once in three years.
There are several of Dr. Normandy’s condensing apparatuses in Aden, however, and these, together with the aqueduct at Sheik Othman, seven miles beyond the Barrier Gate, supply the town with water.
Then there are the tanks, about five miles from the pier.
These tanks are 50 in number, and if wholly cleared of rubbish would have an aggregate capacity of nearly 30,000,000 gallons; it is supposed that they were commenced after the Persian invasion of Yaman, A.D. 600.
Thirteen of these reservoirs have been restored since 1856, and their capacity is about 8,000,000 gallons.
The salt pans on the way to Sheik Othman are worth noticing.
Sea-water is pumped into shallow pans cut out of the earth, and is then allowed to evaporate; these works belong to an Italian company, who pay a royalty on every ton of salt procured.
Aden is hot, but healthy; snakes and scorpions are rather numerous.
A strange medley of nations is seen in the bazaar; besides our own soldiers and sailors, there are Parsees, Bombay Marathas, Somalis, Arabs from Yemen, Swahilis, Jews, and Egyptians.
The harbour mouth is swept by a powerful armament of 10in. and 6in. guns mounted on disappearing carriages; in fact, the whole position bristles with quick-firing ordnance of the latest pattern, accuracy of fire being insured by the “position finders” on the spurs of the mountain Shumshum.
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