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Roger Fenton (1819-69)

Cossack Bay Balaklava Mar 1855

RCIN 2500498

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Despite the title, Cossack Bay is only slightly visible in the middle distance of this photograph. The main view with the ships, including one bearing the number ‘69’, centres around Cattle Pier. The ship with the transport number 69 is the Albatross, which at the time of this photograph had recently arrived from Constantinople after a four-day journey bringing Mary Seacole (1805–81). During the war, Mrs Seacole set up a store and ‘hotel’ for British servicemen, supplying food, drink and medical supplies.