Compressing hay to be loaded on board ship

#Picture Number ST228

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Victorian illustration to download showing men compressing hay and forage into bales to be loaded on board ship. They are using steam-powered machines in a quayside warehouse. The hay and forage enters the machines via funnels from the floor above. Labourers sort the bales into piles and on shelves. This scene shows the preparations for the punitive and rescue mission, the Abyssinian Expedition of 1868, when a massive force of British troops went to Ethiopia to rescue hostages held by Emperor Tewodros II. About 40,000 animals went with them, including elephants and camels, hence the need for their fodder.