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Roger Fenton (1819-69)

The Ordnance Wharf at Balaklava Mar 1855

RCIN 2500461

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The Ordnance Wharf was the place where military supplies arrived – the British army’s Board of Ordnance was responsible for supplying weapons and ammunition, which can be clearly seen in the foreground of this photograph. The round shot is stacked awaiting transportation on the railway to reach the army camps besieging Sevastopol. The performance of the Board of Ordnance came under heavy criticism during the Crimean War, particularly in the winter of 1854–5. As a result, after a 400 year existence, the Board was abolished and its responsibilities were transferred to the War Office.