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Ilan and Elevation of the
BODY and FRAME and SECOND FRONT BOOT of the CAMEL CARRIAGE
belonging to R. M. Bird Esq.
1 Foot 8 Inches
J.B. Fecit. May 1839.
CAMEL CARRIAGE belonging to ROBERT M. BIRD ESQ.
Built and driven by Robert M. Bird Esq Two Thousand Miles in his Official Journey through the North Western Provinces, during the cold Season of 1838-9.
Diameter of the Wheels Six feet.
Oriental Lith Press Calcutta.
in a wooden frame, four feet square by two and a half high. A Camel was then brought, equipped just as a common Huckaree Camel, but having a small loop on either side of the saddle, into which the hook of the shafts was passed. The Camel was mounted, and
in lieu of putting baggage into the van, we put four men and started it. The Camel moved away with it at the rate of full six and a half miles an hour, and trotted gaily all round the stony and uneven surface of a large compound. We then proceeded some distance along the road, and the Camel van was found to answer admirably.
The next day we tried a four wheel conveyance for passengers. It was a light carriage, something between a palanquin carriage and a double bodied coach, with rattan-work blinds, which let up and down, and excluded the glare, while they let in the breeze. It had a small dickey in front, and afforded excellent accommodation for two persons and their servants, and a couple of carpet bags, and minor &cs. To this we harnessed two Camels, the pole being attached to one side of each saddle, and a bamboo trace being fastened to the other side. The Camels were mounted, and Dr. Ranken-the ingenious inventor, and prime mover of the whole-and myself being seated inside, and a servant on the dickey, we started, and drove half round the city walls of Delhi, then entered the gate and drove through the Chandrichouk, to the no small surprise of the natives: our pace being somewhat more than seven miles an hour. We returned home after a drive of some six or seven miles. The next evening a second experiment was made. Three miles were measured from the Cashmere gate. The road was mostly good and smooth, but by no means level, the load about thirty stone; the carriage started, and completed the entire three miles out, and three miles back, total six miles, in thirty-eight minutes ;-nine and a half miles per hour.
Again I left Delhi en route to Allyghur, and after crossing the river, started in the above mentioned carriage with two Camels for Dadree, distant twenty-two miles. The first eighteen miles were certainly as rough a road as I ever remember to have passed in a wheel conveyance, and in places indeed was so bad, that I was compelled to quit the road, and drive through the fields. The last four miles were good. The whole distance was performed in four hours and twenty minutes,