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An album of 47 albumen prints, various sizes from 27x22 cms. to 10x17 cms. approximately, of which 12 are group images, officers and men of the 48th., mostly in uniform, two in fancy dress, others of wives and families, one shows the ranks drilling at the Tower of London. The topographical images of Malta (8), Gibraltar (6) and India (Secunderabad [3], Coonom from Post Office Hill, Bellary Station Madras), Ceylon (Kandy [3]) appear to be commercial with a printed identification in the lower left corner, a few have the legend in pencil on the mount or on the reverse of the print. One of the views of shipping in the harbour in Malta is dated 1870. One shows the Royal Military College, Fleetwood; another shows 'Part of the Regimental Plate'. The others are unidentified.

Condition generally very good, occasional fading at the edges, some corners creased, two prints torn, the album without covers, the photographs mounted in slits or loose.

*H.M.S. EUPHRATES - HMS Euphrates was an iron-hulled troopship of the Euphrates class. She was designed for the transport of British troops to India, and launched in the River Mersey on 24 November 1866 by Laird Brothers of Birkenhead. She was the fourth and last Royal Navy ship to bear the name. Euphrates was one of five iron-hulled vessels of the Euphrates class. All five were built to a design of 360 ft overall length by about 49 ft breadth, although Malabar was very slightly smaller than the rest of the class. They had a single screw, a speed of 14 knots, one funnel, a barque-rig sail plan, three 4-pounder guns, and a white painted hull. Her bow was a "ram bow" which projected forward below the waterline. She was operated by the Royal Navy to transport up to 1,200 troops and family from Portsmouth to Bombay. The return trip via the Suez canal normally took 70 days. Her two-cylinder single-expansion steam engines were replaced in 1873 with a more efficient but less powerful 2-cylinder compound-expansion engine, giving her a reduced top speed under steam of about 11 knots (20 km/h). On 6 February 1892, she collided with the German steamer Gutenfels in the Suez Canal. Gutenfels suffered several broken plates and some damage to her upperworks. Euphrates was sold for breaking in August 1895. The Commanding Officer in 1870 would have been Captain Montagu Buccleuch Dunn, 19 November 1866 to 18 April 1877. The 48th. Northamptonshire Regiment of Foot was raised at Norwich by Colonel James Cholmondeley as James Cholmondeley's Regiment of Foot in 1741 during the War of Austrian Succession. It was ranked as the 59th Regiment of Foot in 1747 but re-ranked as the 48th Regiment of Foot in 1751. The regiment was given a county designation in 1782 becoming the 48th (the Northamptonshire) Regiment of Foot. At the time of these photographs, the Commanding Officer was General Arthur Dalzell, 9th Earl of Carnwath [1864-1875] and one might assume that he is the central figure in the group images of the officers.

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Stock No. 62170

Price: 1,200.00