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She is just launched at Philadelphia, and is stated to be about twelve feet longer than the Pensylvania, but not so wide. Her tonnage is 1,700,—engines 600 horse-power, and she can carry 800 tons of anthracite coal, or sufficient for twenty-five days. She is pierced for twentysix guns.
The Missouri, about to be launched at Brooklyn, is of the following dimensions:—
Length from figure head to taffrail
Breadth of beam over the wales
Measurement as a double-decker
The engines are about 600-horse power, and she will carry 800 tons of anthracite coal.
There are four iron plate bulkheads, to divide the ship so as to insure safety in case of springing a leak. She is of the same form, &c, as the Mississipi with the exception of the engines, which are essentially and purely American, being on the inclined principle, and as far as they are finished they promise to be the ne plus ultra of engines. This plan for the engines has been selected with a view to testify (quere test) their applicability to naval purposes, and should it succeed as well as there is now every reason to believe the same principle will be adopted in future war steamers.
Notice To Mariners.
Goodwin Sands.—A notice has been given by the Trinity-House, dated 29th of May, 1841.—That a Standing Beacon has been experimentally placed upon the eastern side of the Goodwin Sands, at about thirty fathoms from the easternmost projection of dry sand at low water spring tides, and about half a cable's length from the point of dry sand which forms the south side of the Swatchway into Trinity Bay :—The undermentioned objects bear from this Beacon as follows: viz.
Goodwin Light Vessel, N.N.E. }E.; North Foreland Light-house, N.b.W. J W.; Gull Light Vessel, N.W. J W.; South Foreland High Light-house, W.b.S. j S.; Safety Beacon, S.W.b.N. | W.
Mobile Lioht.—Caution.—The Light on Mobile point was formerl}' a fixed light, but it now revolves, which I think is the chief reason of ships getting to westward of the entrance, as Pensacola light revolves, and is mistaken for it, at least in with thick hazy weather, which is very often the case about the place. There is a lighthouse on Sand Island, which shews a fixed light, but it is not seen so far to seaward as Mobile Point, and from what I was able to learn from several of the pilots, the current is much influenced by the winds about this place. There are no buoys laid down in the entrance of Mobile harbour, as shewn in the charts, and it should not on any account be attempted without a pilot. It has a bad entrance, and even when there is not a fresh breeze the currents set strongly in various directions.—(Communicated by Capt. Melville of the barque Agnes, from Port Glasgow.)
Portsmouth Harbour.—Notice.—Masters of Vessels entering Portsmouth Harbour are to observe that from the 27th of May last, the buoys for shewing the fair way channel into the harbour from the buoy of the Spit, are numbered from 1 to 4, on the larboard or west side of this channel, and painted white; and those on the starboard or eastern side of this channel are numbered from 1 to 3 and painted black, so that the direct fairway into the harbour is between the black and white buoys. In a strait line from buoy to buoy there will be no less water found than there is on the bar at low water ordinary spring tides, namely twelve feet and a half.
(Published by the Admiralty.)
Pursuing the method which we adopted in our last number with reference to the plans of ports and roadsteads resulting from Capt. Fitz Roy's surveys; wc have in Tierra Del Fueoo the following :—
Packsaddle Bay, Smith Harbour with Bedford Bay, Hewett Bay, North Cove, Fury Harbour, Wick Islands.
South America, West Coast,—Sheet 2.
South America, West Coast,—Sheet 3.
Port Otway, St. Andres Bay, Auna Pink Bay, Port Refuge and Patch Cove, Vallenar Road.
South America, West Coast,—Sheet 4.
Port Low, a neat finished little plan, Port San Pedro, Port San Carlos.
South America, West Coast,—Sheet 5.
Port of Valdivia, Mocha Island.
South America, West Coast,—Sheet 6.
Santa Maria Island, River Leubu, Port of Concepcion, Coliumo Bay, Entrance of the river Maule.
Sou Th America, West Coast,—Sheet 7.
Horcoo and Quintero Bays, Port Papudo, Ligne Road. Valparaiso.
South America, West Coast,—Sheet 8.
Maytencillo Cove, Herradura or Pichidanque Bay, Chaneral and Tortoralillo Bays.
South America, West Coast,—Sheet 9.
Herradura de Carrisal, Pajonal Cove, Copiapo Harbour.
South America, West Coat;, Sheet 10.
Levata Bay, Port Flamenci, Caldcra and Yagles Porta, Cobija Bay, Algodon Bay, Constitution Harbour.
South America, West Coast,Sheet 11, none.
Islay Bay, Atico Road, Ylo Road.
Lornas Road, Ports San Nicolas and San Juan, Yndependencia Bay.
South America, West Coast, Sheet. 14 Pisco Bay.
South America, Wm( Coast, Sheet 15.
Casma Bay, Guarmey Bay, Barranca and Supe Bays, Huacho Bay, Chanca Bay, Santa Bay, Samanco or Guambacho Bay Port.
South America, West Coast, Sheet 16.
Lambayaqne Road, Malabrijo Port, Huanchaco Road, Paeasmayo Road, Payta Port
At the last named port the surveys of Capt. Fitz Roy on the coast appear to terminate. There are yet some in the Pacific which we must reserve for our next number.
The following additions have just been made to our stock of Chinese hydrography.
Tinghae Harbour, in Chusan Island.—Surveyed by Lieut. R. Collinson, R.N. 1840.
On a scale of about three inches to the mile, and includes the islands to the southward Ta Maou and Tsik ya. Our present number contains Lieut. Collinson's directions for this harbour.
Sketch Of The Foo-to-shan Channel.—By Lieut. R. Collinson. 1840.
Kinotajto And Blackwall Channels.—By J. Pascoe, second-master of her
On the same scale as the above.
Sketch Of The Channel Of Lowanq.—By B. Drury and B. Woolcombe, mates of her Majesty's ship Alligator. 1840.
Also on the scale of about two miles to the inch. The foregoing are all important additions to our knowledge of the Chusan Archipelago.
China,—Sheet 5,—East Coast from the Knesan Islands to Whang Ho Gulf 184a
This is a new edition of the Sheet 5, formerly noticed with the very important additions of the month of the Yang-tse-kiang by Capt. R. D. Bethune,* and the surveys above noticed of the Chusan Archipelago, entirely ne* features and differing much from the former sheet
Stratt And Islands Of Miatao.—By fF. Dillon, second-master ofher Maiestu't ship Welksley. 1840. J v a
The entrance to the Gulf of Pechili might serve as another title to the chart, including as it does the coast of Shan Tung on the south, and Korea on the north. It is on the scale of about two and a quarter miles to the inch.
Approach To The Pei Ho River And The Siia-lui-tien Banks.—By. G. Norsworthy, master of her Majesty's ship Pylades. 1840.
On the scale of about two and a half miles to the inch.
Sketch Of Hulu-siian Bay.—By G. H. Skead, master of her Majesty's ship Modesle. 1840.
On the scale of two miles to the inch.
China,—Sheet 7,—East Coast.— Yellow sea and Gulf of Pechili. 1841.
This again is another edition of the former sheet VII. with a number of important additions and alterations, all resulting from the observations of our officers in their late visit to the coast. We look on them as most valuable contributions to Chinese hydrography, and as such highly creditable to their authors.
Loss Of The Fairy.
Into the world of sorrow it is beneficial to look at times, to consider those whose lot it is to eat the bread of affliction, and drink the water of tears. It is one of those wise dispensations of the Great Author of the Universe, to visit his creatures with calamities; and although there is grief which no human aid can relieve, still he has implanted in our breasts a principle, which quickened by the light of his divine will, rises to the relief of those who are unhappily visited with those calamities in direct proportion to the degree of their severity. Hence this favoured land reflects the grateful beams of charity, although it may teem with vice! Assuredly, if it be painful to contemplate the distress of our fellow creatures, there is something more than a feeling of pleasure in administering to their relief. It is a gratification not to be defined, because it is the performance of a part of the work of our Divine Author. We know that we are the instruments of his will;—in the work of charity, therefore, we are aiding in the performance of that will, and hence it is that the exercise of this principle is sweetness to the spirit, and the heart secretly approves the deed. Such reflections haTe been entertained by many, and we are induced to record them by having the grateful task to perform of laying before our readers the following statement of the committee of ladies and gentlemen, at Woolwich, signed by themselves, who undertook to work in the cause of the unhappy widows and orphans, left by the loss of her Majesty's late surveying-vessel Fairy. Their labours have indeed been crowned with success, and
* This officers account of the Yangtse-kiang we hope to publish in our next.—Ed.
theirs is a full share of that gratification to which we have alluded. Our present number contains a list of the donors, as well as the distribution of the donations. The following is the statement of the committee.
"The Committee appointed to distribute the funds collected for the relief of the widows, orphans, &c, of the warrant and petty officers, seamen, and marines, of the late surveying-ship Fairy, having made a final distribution of the same, and closed their accounts, take this opportunity to express on behalf of the parties so deeply interested, their grateful acknowledgments to a generous public, for the very liberal subscription which has been made, and afforded them such timely relief.
"In performing their duty in the distribution of the funds, they have endeavoured to meet every case with that attention which they respectively claimed,—having provided for the children for a future period, when they become of a proper age to enter into business, as well as those who now so require it, and also guarded (where necessary,) against an improper outlay of the improvident by a weekly allowance, until their respective portions be expended. And in submitting a statement of the funds collected, and the way in which they have been applied, the Committee trust, the same will meet the entire satisfaction of those who have so liberally come forward on this melancholy occasion.
"Statement of the receipt and distribution of the funds raised by public subscription, for the relief of the widows, orphans, &c, of the warrant and pettyofficers, seamen, and marines, of the late surveying-vessel Fairy, at Woolwich, between the 22nd of December, 1840, and 10th of June, 1841.
Total sum collected . . £2202 12 4
Placed in various Savings Banks, under proper Trus-
Cash paid to the several claimants, principally
throughout the winter, in weekly payments . 450 4 11
Placed in Woolwich Savings Bank, as a reserve to
Expenses for printing Circulars, Advertisements,
Postage, Post-office orders, &c. . . . 51 16 4
£2262 12 4
The undermentioned individuals have been further provided for, by government, viz:
"Mrs. Kennedy, (widow of the boatswain,) allowed a pension of £25 a year. Mrs. Johnson, (widow of the captain's clerk,) who being on the half-pay list as a Purser, is allowed a pension of £45 a-year; five of her children are placed on the compassionate fund, with an allowance to each of £10 per annum, and the eldest son appointed as a clerk in Woolwich dockyard, the second son being already in the upper school
ENLARGED SERIES.— NO. 7 VOL. FOR 1841. 3 S