I would recommend reading Bill Wright’s book “A Tidy Little War”, which is a good read and will provide much useful information.
From the UK the first Household Cavalry Troop Ship Holland departed on the afternoon of 1 August and did a detour via the Isle of White to enable the Queen, who was at Osborne, to wave to her troops at 10am on 2nd. They arrived in Alexandria, about 3200 nautical miles away on 14th August suggesting they averaged 10 Knots.
Port Said is 140 nautical miles west of Alexandria
The travel time for planning purposes in safety from Port Said, South to Ismailia which was Wolesley’s SPOD (sea port of disembarkation) was 10 hours (Wolesley originally thought it could be done in 6-7 hours). One problem was that Ferdinand De Lesseps, who ran the canal, and who was furious that the British had abused its neutrality, would not allow any of the canal pilots to be used. Several British ships ran aground at various points, holding others up and necessitated a slow navigation.
Sorry that I don’t have any information on the time it took to travel from India, but it is about 3000 nautical miles from Bombay to the entry to the canal, so at 10 knots would take 12-13 days.
I attach a picture from the Illustrated London News of the inside of the Troop ship Calabria, which is the second ship the Household Cavalry used. No pictures of the Officers accommodation I am afraid.
- Inside of the Troop Ship Calabria as posted in the Illustrated London News Aug 12 1882
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