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THE WELSH FOOTBALL TEAM.

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RETURN OF THE CHANNEL I SQUADRON.…

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RETURN OF THE CHANNEL SQUADRON. Collision in Plymouth Sound. Narrow Escape of H.M.S.Agincourt On Saturday morning, at seven o'clock pre- cisely, the two ships of the western division of the Channel Sauadron, consisting of the Agincourt, the flagship of Rear-Admiral W. H. White, second in command, and the Achilles, slipped from their buoys in Plymouth Sound, and proceeded to join the eastern division, composed of the Northumberland, temporary flagship of Vice-Admiral De Horsey, Commander-in-Chief the Sultan and the Neptune, which were seen off the port, bearing S.W. course. The Agincourt took the lead to carry ouc the orders of formation, viz., columns of divisions, line ahead. No sooner had the western division entered Cawsand Bay than a signal was hoisted for the Northumberland to proceed to the previous anchorage. The eastern division having experienced the full force of Fri- day night's gale, and the admiral having conse- quently, as he announced subsequently by signal, to make the sound as a place of shelter. The Agincourt and Achilles returned to the sound first, and the former, which previously^had been fast to the buoy, near the breakwater fort, proceeded to take up her position at the caster- most buoy, near the Cage. As the wind was astern of her, she proceeded along the sound very slowly. The Achilles was to take up her former berth at the westernmost buoy, and consequently had to slew," so as to bring her up head to wind. To do this the engines were worked at a high rate of speed, and miscalculating the headway of the Agincourt when being put about, the Achilles had a naryow escape of striking the stern gallery of the flagship. As it was, the men m the stern of the Agincourt cut away the cator life-buoy, which was hanging off the ship, but this was recoverecl-, subsequently by a boat from H. M.S. Reindeer. The perilous closeness with which the vessels approached each other was shown by the fact that a portion of the Agincourt's headgear was carried away. On returning into the Sound, a chapter of accidents ensued, commencing with the Achilles colliding with the Agincourt, when picking up their buoys, luckly little damage was done, beyond the carrying away of the stern davits and fog buoy of the Agincourt, and breaking a short length of the stem railing of the vessel. while the Achilles was undamaged. The North- umberland, Neptune, and Sultan next came into the harbour in the order named and anchored, and just as the Northumberland was nearly up to the anchorage intended for her, something went wrong with her machinery, and another anchor had to be let go. In consequence all the ships experienced great difficulty in getting into. their right berths, while those directed to pick up buoys, found the task no easy matter with the wind, tide, and sea to combat with at the same time, and the space, to manoeuvre in somewhat limited.

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