AB Steele’s Shipboard Journal – 14 April 1886

Awoke at 5 am. Passed the little town of Ismaltia where General Stewart landed his troops during the Egyptian Campaign. We could see but very little of the town, it being some distance inland, but from what we could see of it, it appeared to be quite surrounded with trees. There were a great number of camels passing over the desert to Ismalia, which lies midway between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

The railways run from Ismalia to Mesia. We passed a few ships, one being the troopship “Malabar” with 1500 on Board homeward bound. The mail boat has also called today. We cast anchor at 7 pm having but run the short distance of 50 miles.

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