The city of Bassein, near Bombay, has been destroyed by storms and earthquakes.
Bassein is one hundred and ninety-two miles west of Rangoon.
Having finished the Census, I went to Bassein, riding most of the way over bare rice-fields.
But, in 79, the arrival of the Bassein steamer was the event of the week.
In those days the only approach to Bassein was by river steamer.
In 1739 these hardy Hindu soldiers sacked Bassein, and they extended their incursions to the very walls of Goa.
One of the odd jobs which fell to my lot in my first year was to consult the Elders of Bassein on the opium question.
The next day we arrived at Bassein, one of the principal towns in the Burman Empire.
Even now, though Bassein is linked with Rangoon by rail, the river journey is easier and pleasanter.
Martaban was taken on the 5th of April 1852, and Rangoon and Bassein shortly afterwards.