Captain for the East India Company John Macdonald Kinneir arrived at the port of Famagusta: 

I hired a boat to carry us to Famagusta, in the island of Cyprus, where we landed on the 2d of January, after a voyage of fifteen hours. The entrance into the harbour is not I should suppose, more than eighty, or a hundred yards wide, defended on one side by a bastion of the works, and on the other by a ruined tower. This port could once admit vessels of a considerable draft of water; but since the conquest of the Turks, sand and rubbish have been suffered to accumulate in such a degree, that none but small vessels can now enter it with safety.