What were the experiences and perceptions?

Experiences during the journey 3

Planetree in the Sea

Sailors were acquisitive. They were letting 200-300 people on to the ships that have a capacity of 50-60. The people left with a little bread and water. In 5-6 days these were all consumed and then they caught epidemic illnesses from starvation, they were dying in the way to Ottoman Empire, and those who died were dumped into the sea. The ship that started the trip with 600 people ended up with only 370 people alive.

French Military Adviser, A. Fonvill, 'The last year of the Circassian War of Independence 12863-64: From the notes of a foreign party', reprinted in the Nalchik edition of the Journal, Adyge, 1991.