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Astrakhan from the Sea

Astrakhan from the Sea
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The haven of Astrakhan is now so sanded up as to leave only about six feet depth of water; so that large vessels have to land their cargoes on an island nearer the Caspian. A few steam tug-boats are employed in taking vessels up and down the river. In 1846, three iron steamers were started, to ply between Astrakhan and the other ports of the Caspian. Previous to that period, there was but one steamer on the Volga, and it was of only forty-horse power.

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Sears, Robert. An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire. New York: Robert Sears, 1855