Calcutta and West Bengal

In 1823 Maria Stow and her brother Martin boarded the ship Ganges in Portsmouth and sailed to Calcutta. Martin was employed as the personal chaplain to Reginald Heber, Bishop of Calcutta. In 1825 Martin accompanied Heber on a tour that headed north by boat on the river Hoogly towards Dhaka. Along the way Martin fell ill and died of dysentery. Maria, heart-broken, returned to England on the East India Company ship Sir David Scott. Upon arrival in England Maria married the ship's doctor Nathaniel Grant. Maria kept a journal of her voyage and of her time in India which has come down to me. I am her direct descendant. On my trip to Kolkata in 2020 I found traces from 200 years ago and of course much that is new and different.