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THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE "WARSPITE." The Prince and Princess of Wales, with their sons, Prince Albert Victor and Prince George, went down by water on Thursday, in last week, to the Warspite to open this new training ship of the Marine Society, and to present the prizes won by the boys. The War- spite is an old line-of-battle ship, a. two-decker, once called the Conqueror, and has been fitted up to re- place the former Warspite, which was destroyed by fire two winters ago. She lies off Charlton Pier, at the westernmost end of Woolwich Dockyard. The Prince and Princess left Whitehall Stairs soon after noon in a fast boat of the London Steamboat Company, preceded by the Thames Conservancy boat. Lady Suf- field, the Marquis of Hamilton, Lord Colville of Culross, Captain the Hon. Carr Glyn, R.N., Major Russell, and the Rev. J. Dalton were in attendance. Admiral Sir R. Collinson, Deputy Master of the Trinity-house; Admiral Sir F. Nicholson, Deputy Chairman of the Thames Conservancy Board; and' Captain Felly, R.N., Chairman of the Steamboat Company, accompanied the Royal party. The steamer Victoria followed as an escort. The shipping in the Pool and the Trinity launches at Blackwall were gay with flags; and from many points on shore cheers were raised as the Royal party drew near to Wool- wich. At one o'clock the field-pieces of a battery of artillery, which had taken up position on the south bank of the Thames to the east of the Warspite announced that the Prince's boat was in -eight. The boys had previously manned the bulwarks in honour of the arrival of a number of visitors on the special steamer of the Society, the Duke of Connaught: now they swarmed up the rigging and stood out upon the yards, while a 4 band in the Dockyard played the National Anthem and the shore artillery thun- dereda salute. A guard ofhonourofthe boys, withdrawn cutlasses, and their blue flag won by competition in drill of the Society of Arts, were arrayed at the gang- way, and the Prince and Princess of Wales as they stepped on deck were received by the President of the Society, the Earl of Romney, byLadyRomney, and the members of the committee. They proceeded to the raised poop and witnessed thence the exercises of the boys. At the sound of the trumpet, followed by the shrill whistle of the boatswain, the lads ran aft with the halyards to make sail. They shortened and furled sail at the command of Captain Phipps, and then marched round the ship, 230 strong, to the musicof their own drum and fife band playing "The British Grena- dier." Their big black dog Neptune ran in front, led by a negro boy as black as himself, who was found destitute about the docks and directed to the Marine Society for shelter and instruction. After this there was play with single stick, and then the boys gathered aft, and while three of them held the flags drooping forward the rest sang the late Admiral Davies' hymn, In darkness and in danger, on life's rough troubled sea."—The prizes to the boys having been distributed by the Princess of Wales, all the boys came up to the quarterdeck and were addressed by the Prince of Wales. "My lads/' his lioyal Highness sail, "it has given the Princess and myself the very greatest pleasure and satis- faction to be present here to-day, and to see how admirably well you went through the drill. We sincerely wish you every possible success in the career which is before you, and trust that the obedience and the discipline which have now been inculcated into you, and which you seem so thoroughly to understand, will be your guiding point in the career which is before you. Once more we wish you, the Princess and myself, all success, and tell you how pleased we*tavc .been with what we have &een to-day-' The boys cheered with a, will at the end of these bri sf remarks. A luncheon follc-vf <?, over which the Earl of Romney presided. The Piince of Wales (who was received wfilf cheere), ? AcknowledsUlJ the toast of his health, said :— Lord Romney, Ladies, and Gentlemen,— Allow me to return you all, in the name of the Princess and myself, our most sincere thanks for the kind way in which this toast has been proposed and received. It is almost needless for me to say with what pleasure we have come here to-day on board the Warspite and the interest we take in so excellent an institution as the Marine Society. An institution of this kind, which was founded about 121 years ago, has for its object to take out of the streets of London poor miserable children who have no means ox gainkig their livelihood, who can there learn no good, but would be certain to Ibam much evil, and who by the help of this excellent Society are put 011 board its ship for the purpose of training them for the BoyU and. Mercantile Kavy. This work commends itself most thoroughly and entirely to the interest of the public in general, and from the large assembly which I see here to- day it is evident that they also take a great interest in the welfare of this Society. (Applause.) But in order to show their sympathy in a real and practical form I must ask them If they will contribute to the best of their endeavours to maintain this institution. As most people here no doubt are aware, last year the ship was destroyed by fire. It was a smaller vessel than the present, and the Admiralty have given the Royal Marine Society tnis large vessel, in which there is room for upwards of 100 more boys than there were before in the old ship. M'oney is necessarily required to send out those boys thoroughly prepared for sea. The sum required is no doubt a large one, but even_ a smaller amount that could be collected on this occasion will be most gratiying and pleasing to the noble Presi- dent on my left, who has taken so warm an interest in this Society, and you who give will be gratified when you go home to know that you have done a good, charitable, and useful work. (Applause.) I may mention that the Queen has always taken the greatest interest in this institution—(hear, hear)—and is an annual subscriber of one hundred guineas. I must call your attention to some yellow papers which have been placed before you (a laugh), which are, I think, for the purpose of being filled up with subscriptions. I shall end now by proposing a toast which I know you will all drink most cordially. It is The health of the Earl of Romney, the President of the Marine Society." He is now the fifth Lord Romney who has'been president of the Marine Society, the first one having been elected when this institution was first started. And in proposing his health I drink most cordially success to this Society. I can only hope that it will continue to flourish more and more from year to year. (Continued applause.) Lord Romney, in replying, said he hoped the Marine Society would carry on the work it had continued for over a hundred years. He was happv to be able to announce one subscription, that of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales for 100 guineas. 0 The other subscriptions received exceeded £ 2,100. The Fishmongers' and the Grocers' Companies gave £100 each. Dr. Siemens and Mr. Jackson contributed like amounts. After inspecting the 'tween-decks, and expressing great satisfaction with the ordinary arrangements for the special arrangements for the day, their Royal Highnesses returned to town as they had come, in their little steamboat, ornamented with palms and flowers. As the Warspite was left a little after half- past three, the lads stood upon the gunwale and on the yards and sang God Bless the Prince of Wales," the voices of those on the yards striking the ear as a sort of echo which came after the song of the boys below. Cheers given at the end, which were caught up by the people congregated on the boats and wharves around, and the cannon fired a parting salute.





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