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at Plymouth, fitting for flag of Rear Ad- 8th January. arr. in Simons Bay. miral Sir W. Parker, KCB., commissioned Cyclops, (st. v.) Capt.) H. T. Austen, 7th April,
11th March, arr. at Malta from Suda. Fair RosAMOND, 2, Lieut. Com. A.G. Daphne, 18, Com. J. W. Dalling, 18th Bulman, at Portsmouth, fitting.
March, left Smyrna for Malta. Isis, 23, Capt. H. Nurse, 24th March, EDINBURGH, 72, Capt. W. Henderson, left Plymouth for Africa.
hh., 8th March, left Malta for Smyrna, Pique, 36, Capt. E. Boxer, 17th March, th, returned, 4th April, sailed for arr. at Spithead, under jury masts, 21st England. at the Nore, and proceeded to Chatham. GORDON, (st, v.) Capt. W. H. Hender. · SALAMANDER, -(st, v.) Com. J. C. son, 3rd April, left Malta for AlexanDavis, 20th March, sailed for Sheerness. dria.
Tweed, 20, Com. H. D. C. Douglas, Grecian, 16, Com. W. Smyth, 22nd 26th March, left Spithead for American February, left Rio on a cruize. station.
HASTINGS, 72, Capt. J. Lawrence, CB., AT PORTSMOUTH, 15th of April,- At 22nd February, left Malta for Candia, Spithead, Indus, Vernon, Pelican, Nau- 25th March returned. tilus. In Harbour-Queen, Victory, HORNET, 6, Lieut. Com. R. B, Miller, Excellent, Royal George yacht, and 20th February, arr. at Jamaica from Rapid.
Carthagena, 2nd March, sailed for AT PLYMOUTH, 12th April-In Har Chagres. bour-Caledonia, San Josef, Cornwallis, Howe, 120, Capt. Sir W. 0. Pell, 26, Stag, Acorn, Soudan-Steamers, Avon March, arr. at Malta from Marmorice. and Carron. In the Sound-Impregna HYDRA, (st. v.) Com. R, Stopford, 5th ble, Belleisle.
March, to leave Malta for Marmorice, Ar DEPTFORD-Albion, England, Or Suda, and Candia, 10th March, arr. at bit, Liverpool, St. Ann's, and Enterprize, Malta. to embark troops for Canada, Diligence IMPLACABLE, 74, Capt. E, Harvey, and City of Rochester-Remain Bodicea, 3rd March, arr. at Malta, 20th, sailed for transport, for Rio, Adelaide for India, Syracuse. Garland, Grove, Westmoreland, convict INCONSTANT, 36, Capt. D. Pring, 15th ships, and Wilberforce, iron steamer. March, about to sail from Malta for
Trieste and Venice visiting the continenABROAD.
tal ports to Barcelona.
Lily, 16, Com. J. J. Allen, 3rd Nov. ANDROMACHE, 25, Capt, R. L, Baynes, in Mozambique channel. CB., 28th January, in Simons Bay.
MAGICIENNE, 24, Capt. F. P. Michell, Beacon (sur. v.) T. Graves, 4th March, 28th March in the Bosphorus, returned to Malta from the survey of PHOBNIX, (st. v.) Com. R. Stopford, Graham Shoal.
1st April, left Malta for Beyrout, BELLEROPHON, 80, Capt. C. J. Austen, Pickle, 5, Lieut. Montresor, 13th 4th April, left Malta for Gibraltar. February, arr. at Jamaica from Hondu
Benbow, 72, Capt. H. Stewart, 10th ras, 2nd March, sailed for Chagres. March, arr. at Malta.
RACEHORSE, 18, Com. Hon. E. A. Camelion, Lieut. Com, G.M. Hunter, Harris, 8st February, left Port Royal 4th February, left Rio for the Cape. on a cruize, 24th returned.
CarysFORT, 26, Capt. H. B. Martin, Racer,16, Com. T. Hervey, 38th Feb. 3rd April, left Malta for Corfu.
arr, at Jamaica from Bermuda. CASTOR, 36, Capt. E. Collier, 9th of RingdoVE, 16, Com. Hon. K. Stewart, March, arr. at Malta.
3rd February, arr. at Barbados. CHARYBDIS, 3, Lieut. Com. E. B. Rover, 18, Com. T. W. C. Symonds, Tinling, 2nd February, left Port Royal 16th January, arr. at Jamaica, 18th, left for Nassau.
Jamaica on a cruize. CLEOPATRA, 26, Capt. Milne, 27th SAPPHO, 16, Com. T. Fraser, 19th February, arr. at Jamaica from Barba- February, arr. at Jamaica from Port au dos, having captured a Spanish slaver Prince. with 260 negroes off St. Thomas.
SKIPJACK, 5, Lieut. Com. H. Wright, Comus, 18, Com. E. Nepean, 4th 25th Feb. arr. at Jamaica. February, left Port Royal for Honduras. Talbot, 26, Capt. H. J. Codrington,
Crocodile, 26, Capt. Johnson, 26th 28th March had sailed for Corfu. February, arr. at Jamaica
THUNDERER, 84, Capt. M. F. F. Curacoa, 24, Com. W. Preston, 2nd Berkeley, 2nd April, left Malta for SyraFebruary, arr. at Rio.
cuse. Curlew, 10, Lieut. Com. T. C. Ross, TRINCULO, 16, Com. H. E. Coffin, 31st
March, arr. at Gibraltar from Lisbon. of Admiral Sir R. Stopford, GCB., GCMG.
VANGUARD, 80, Capt. Sir David Dunn, Ceylon, 6, bearing the flag of Rear Ad 23rd February, left Malta for Candia, miral Sir J. Lewis, Bart. Powerful, 86. March, returned.
Howe, 120. Benbow, 72. Hastings, 72, V'Estat, 26, Capt. T. W. Carter, 12th Vanguard, 80. Carysfort, 36. Castor, February, at Belize.
36. Dido, 18. Steam frigates-VesuVICTOR, Com. W Dawson, 2nd Feb. vius, Cyclops, Stromboli, and Acheron. arr, at Tampico, 21st at Jamaica, 28th, Steam packets-Megæra, Locust, and sailed for Barbados.
Prometheus. VOLAGE, 26, Capt. H. Smith, arr. at Port Royal, 4th March.-Admiral the Cape.
Sir Thos. Harvey, with his flag in the Wasp, 16. Com. G. Mansell. 8th March Winchester-- Magnificent, Cleopatra, left Malta for Beyrout, 10th returned. Crocodile, Pilot, Victor, Sappho, Race
WINCHESTER, 50, Capt. J. Parker, horse, Racer, Charybdis, Pickle, Skip28th February, arr. at Jamaica from jack, and Dee and Tartarus steamers. Antigua and Bermuda
BARBADOS, 17th Feb.-Seringapatam, WIZARD, 10, Lieut. Com, T. F. Birch, Cleopatra, Ringdove, Griffon, "Crane 22nd February, left Rio on a cruize. packet-and the Hecla, Columbia, Tar
Is Port-'Malta, 5th April.-The tarus, Flamer, Gleaner, and Blazer Princess Charlotte, 120, bearing the flag steam-vessels.
Births, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS.
age, Vice-admiral Sir. T. Dundas, KCB,
and DCL. On the 2d of April, the lady of Lieut. “At his
At his residence at Southsea, on the Young, Rx., of the Coast-guard Service,
21st of March, after a lingering illness, at Hill Head, of a daughter.
Com. W. Swiney, aged 64 years, leaving
a disconsolate widow. Marriages.
At Ramsgate, retired Com. W. HutchAt Malta, on the 30th of March, the inson, RN., aged 76. Rev. E, Kitson, Chaplain of H.M.S. In Grosvenor-street, on the 4th of Princess Charlotte, to Anne Jane, eldest April, Jane, relict of the late Admiral daughter of Colonel Bredin, Royal Artil- Sotheron.
At Falmouth, Lieut. Pawle, RN., late At Newington, April the 10th, Lieut.
Commander of the Mutine packet. He T. A. Butler, RN., to Emma Louisa,
was seized with paralysis whilst taking a eldest daughter of Commander Sir H. E.
Sirhe walk;-immediate surgical aid procured, Atkinson, RN.
but in vain. At Rogate Parish Church, Lieut, W.
On the 20th of February last, of fever, H. Kennedy, RN., to Georgina, fourth
off Beyrout, Mr. H. Prior, Master of daughter of the late Hon. Admiral Sir HMS. Zebra, highly esteemed and much C. Paget, and niece of the Marquis of regretted by all who knew him, as a truly Anglesea.
deserving and persevering officer. At Newington, on the 25th of March,
At Prospect Lodge, Reading, on the J. Hay, Esq., of Canal Grove, to Eliza
Ilth of April, W. Foster Esq., in the Jane, daughter of the late H. M. Cun
82d year of his age, formerly of the Navy ningham, lieutenant Rn.
office, Somerset House, At Plymouth, on the 16th of March,
At Falmouth, Lieut, Forrester, ComT. Coral Eso. assistant-surgeon. RN to mander of her Majesty's brig Linnet. Harriet Elizabeth Beresford, youngest
At Windsor, Canada, on the 19th of daughter of Com. J. Patey, RN.
February, P, Wright, Esq., lieutenant At Meopham, Kent, on the 3rd of RN., (1313,) and Collector of Customs April, F. M. Brown, Esq., to Elizabeth. for that port. daughter of the late S. Bromley, Esq.,
At Com. Cuppage's, Wilton Cottage, surgeon, RN.
near Ross, Hertfordshire, Letitia, daughAt Blendworth, the Rev. H. Forster. ter of the late W. McCurdy, Esq., surto Ellen, daughter of the late Rear-admi
geon, RN., of Hambledon, Hants, aged ral Sir M. Seymour, Bart.
Lately, S. Eades, Esq., Purser, kn., Beaths.
Lately, R. Dunn, Esq., (a) 1790, surAt Reading, Berkshire, at an advanced geon of Woolwich Yard.
From the 21st of March, to the 20th of April, 1841.
Month Day Week Day
TO OUR FRIENDS AND CORRESPONDENTS. We are much obliged to the Harbour-master at Madras for his attention, and we would request the same attention from other harbour-masters of our colonies, that they forward to us as soon as possible, all Hydrographical notices passing under their cognizance as they may occur,-the establishment of this Journal having proved itself a receptacle for their reference, at once economical, secure, and immediate.
We have inserted the letter from Liverpool, and shall be happy to hear from the writer whenever he pleases
It was our intention to have inserted the memorial presented to the Lord Mayor and Corporation of London, in favour of the widows left by the officers and crew of the Fairy, but our limits have prevented it. In our next it will appear, with the list of donors and their donations to Mrs. Hewett's fund. In the mean time the latter will speedily appear in the columns of the Times.
Lieut. Williamson is thanked. His manuscript is returned.
BANK IN THE River La Plata.
H.M.S. Curacoa, Monte Video, Jan. 14th, 1840. Sir,- On the 13th of last December the United States frigate, Potamac, left this place to complete with fresh water from the river. The wind was about E.S.E. at the time, and fine weather, and while steering N.W.b.N., by compass, believing themselves to be about five miles from the Ravines of St. Gregory and St. Lucia, the leadsman having at the previous minute got a cast in four fathoms, the ship ran aground in seventeen feet water, drawing at that time twenty feet six inches.
She was cleared of everything excepting her ballast and lower masts, and after remaining fast until the 24th of December, by great exertions she was hove off S.b.W., their efforts to heave her off stern foremost having proved ineffectual, and her tendency being to clear away the sand and mud forwards, where she was less deeply immersed than aft; when she floated she drew seventeen feet six inches.
The wind was south-east when she got off, fine weather, with a remarkable high river.
During the eleven days they were aground the least water they had alongside was twelve feet, the most (the day she hove off) eighteen feet. The surface of the shoal consisted of a light coloured quick-sand, but about three feet was mud and shells.
As no notice is taken of this shoal in the chart of that part of the River Plata, supplied for the guidance of her Majesty's ships; and as it lays in the way of ships proceeding up the north side of the river to Point de Santa Maria, to water, I have thought it my duty to furnish you with this information of its existence, and send also a chart showing the shoal, &c.
When the Patomac was aground, the true bearings of Santa Maria, and the Ravine of St. Gregory and St. Lucia, were N.W. and N.E.
On the Admiralty chart the least depth of water marked on the shoal is three fathoms, and that close to Santa Maria, four fathoms being the average depth.
I have the honour to be, sir,
JENKIN Jones, Captain. Caplain Beaufort, R.N., F.R.S.,
Hydrographer of the Navy, London.
Madras Roads. The roadstead of Madras is tolerably well known to our navigators, but time produces changes there as elsewhere, and there is room for a few remarks even on that much frequented anchorage. A short time ago a survey of these roads was made by Mr. Mc Kennie, then actingmaster-attendant, principally with the view of shewing the position and state of progress of a stone breakwater, for facilitating the landing. What is the actual condition of it at present we are not aware, but considering the well-known dangerous nature of the roads in which, year after year vessels are placed in the greatest jeopardy, particularly ENLARGED SERIES.-NO 6.-VOL. FOR 1841.
during the monsoon, either from want of knowledge of the roads, from temerity on the part of their commanders, or from their incredulity that bad weather is near at hand, while the barometer indicates no material change, such a survey was absolutely necessary.
Also, from want either of sufficient knowledge or of proper attention, it is too often the case that vessels arriving in the night, anchor in a position from which they could not possibly be assisted if the wind had had subsequently set on shore, and their inevitable loss would be the consequence.
The survey published by Mr. Mc Kennie gives the position and sections of the breakwater, and the following notice to commanders of ships and others, was issued from the Master-Attendants' Office, on the 14th of May, 1839:—" By a recent survey of the site of the projected breakwater, the extreme length of the work from N.N.E. to S.S.W., was found to be about seventy-six feet. Extreme breadth from E.S.E, to W.N.W. about fifty-five feet.
“ T'he soundings upon it were found to vary from twenty-five to twelve feet. The work is laid down in twenty-five feet water, bearing from the master-attendants' Hagstaff, S.E.L.E. E., distant from the shore 300 yards. The stones do not appear to have been moved by the action of the sea from where they were originally placed. As it is now considered a danger a good buoy is laid down on the south end; and it is in contemplation to lay down another at the north-east end to mark the two extremes to seaward.
“ By Order of the Marine Board, (Signed) “H. D. E. DalryMPLE, Acting-Master-Attendant." Mr. Mc. Kennie has also added to his survey many important particulars of currents, tides, set of the sea, rise and break of the surf, and which latter information, when made known to commanding officers of vessels, cannot fail in being of great use in enabling them to issue orders to their boat's crew when on bar duty, not to venture nearer the surf than the prescribed distance.
Referring to the loss of the Hope, at Madras, at the end of 1827, and subsequent shipwrecks there, the nature of the soundings in the roads with the quality and colour of the sand, &c., commanding officers of vessels would also be better aware of their approach to the surf, with the assistance of the plan, in the event of driving.
The bearings and distance of the Pulicat Shoals from these roads, (being the nearest danger to Madras,) are also marked, and the spot on which the statue of the late Sir Thomas Munro, governor of Madras, standing face to seaward, has lately been erected.*
There are two shoals running almost parallel with the beach, which also appear in the plan, not that they are dangers to the shipping, (for they are well within the anchorage ground, but it might be well to
* This statue was sent out from England, and the landing and erecting it were so creditably performed by Mr. Mc Kennie, that he received a handsome acknowledgment of his services from the people of Madras. This gentlemen is now busy maturing a plan for communicating with the ships in the roads, sending out anchors, &c., which, if it answers, we shall take the opportunity of laying before our readers. We understand that a life-boat with a rocket apparatus, is to be established at Madras, according to the proposal of Mr. Mc Kennie.