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THE TERRIBLE RAILWAY DISASTER…

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THE WAR.

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REVIEW OF THE CORN TRADE.

THE BRITISH FLEET.

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THE BRITISH FLEET. Should eceasion require a very powerful fleet of vessels now in dock at Chatham could be got ready and despatched to sea in about two months, either to join the Mediterranean squadron or to proceed to acY other station where their services might be required* Although the work is being rapidly proceeded witb, still no very strenuous efforts have been made to get the vessels completed. Those now in hand are tbe armour-plated ship Penelope, 11 guns, 4394 tons, 4703-horse power; the Monarch, 7 guns, armour- plated turret-ship, 8322 tons, 7842-horse power the Euryalus, 16 guns, iron corvette cased with wood, 3932 tons, 5250-horse power the Garnet, 12 guns, compO" site sloop, 1864 tons, 2100-horse power and the Cor- morant, 6 guns, composite sloop, 1124 power. The three last are entirely new vessels, not having yet been in commission. It will not be many weeks,under ordinary circumstances, before the Eury"- lus i* ready to hoist the pennant, all that she is wait* ing for now being slight alterations in her boilers previous to proceeding to the measured mile for her steam trials. The Cormorant and the Garnet are also well advanced. With respect to the two armonT- plated ships, they may be said to be equal to new 80F since they have been at Chatham, they have been sup- plied with new boilers and condensers, and have besides undergone most extensive alterations and repairs. In addition to the above there is also a large number of other vessels in the basin, amongst them being the Beacon, Basilisk, Myrmidion, Newport, Nimble, Philomel, Barracouta, Scylla, Supply, troop ship, &c, the whole of which could be got ready for sea in a few months should they be required.

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