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DEPARTURE OF TEE GREAT EASTERN.

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DEPARTURE OF TEE GREAT EASTERN. The Great Eastern sailad on Saturday precisely at twelve o'clock—the day and hour fixed upon six months ago by Mr. Glass and Captain Andersan. If these gentlemen had been gifted with a prophetic vision tbev could not have been more fortunate in their choice. The tide was so high that it fairly touched the low marshy shore which skirts the Med- way on either eide, and the sky was as serene and the air as bright and warm with sunshine as the pro- foundest believers in good omens could have desired. Mr. Brcckman, R.N., the pilot, came on board at ten o'clock; and his fitness for the responsible duty is beet proved by thefa-ot that to him the,, Governmelit entrust the navigation of all their vessels in these waters. All the anchors save one having been hauled up (the fiddler playing the while on the capsan), the fourth anchor was detached from the chain and left to a mooring barge, assisted by a dockyard steam-tug, to pick up and convey to the- new anchorage ground of the Great Eastern. This accomplished, the great ship, propelled both by paddle and screw, proceeded slowly and majestically on her appointed way—at the very moment of her departure Mr. Pender's yacht firing a friendly salute. The picture was a pretty one as the vessel left; the Kentish Flats, with their purple-tinged background of bills; passed the hulks." which dot the-river a.t a.distance of every hundred y ards passed the jetty at Sheerneas, linsd with a multitude of spec- tators passed the receivra^ ship, and the stately Formidable, which carries the admiral's flag passed the- large unfinished fortification at Battery Point, where hundreds of spectators gathered on the bend of the shore..Lvery vessel of -war dipped its union jack, hundreds of blue jackets filled the rigging, and Bent across the water a succession of ringing cheers, the echoing responses being given in obedience to the shrill whistle of the boatswain of the Great Eastern while on the deck of the flagshil) P, band struck up the lively notes of "Cheer, boy a, cheer." Thus, to the music of inspiriting snouts and martial strains, the Great Eastern steamed out of the muddy and tortuous MedWav into the deep blue expanse beyond. Her course first lay between SheerneM mid-ground and Cheney Spit, and then leaving the Nora Light on the left, she made for her anchorage on the verge of the Oaze deep. Yachts and Burn- ers followed in her wake, affordlllg ampt, opportunity for gratifying their passenger ^for evoking fresh outbursts of British enthusiasm. ^Hav- ing arrived at her destination for the night, the_ goal was given to lower the and the bolt having been slipped, the hu^e "Trotman" planged wIth a crash into the sea. Heresbe remained until noon on Monday, when thevoyage was. pursued without anytur- ther stoppage or intermission until she reached Bere- haven oa Wednesday. It tak<s the Great Eastern a^ least a week to receive on board the 2 500 tons of coal which she requires for her voyage to Newfoundland. to The William Cory, with the shore end of the cable, has accomplished her journey to the Irish coast, so that the misbap of the Caroline, which excited some alarm last year, i-a not likely to be repeated. The Albany left on Sunday with a, large quantity of stores and apptratua; and the Medway, with the Newfoundland shore-end of the new cable and aportion of last. year's line, sailed on Tuesday. All the arrange- ments were carried out with the most business like punctuality; and if, as is anticipated, the expedition actually Eiails from Yikniti* for its ultimate destination on or about the 15th July, the promoters of this great enterprise will fully realise all their wishes as to the time of departure, The Great Eastern reached Bere- haven on the 4th of Ju!v, the anniversary of the .Declaration of IndepeadtEoe, and a day which Mr., Cyrus; Field can saarcely fail to regard us of happy augury.

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