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STRANDING OF THE STEAMER AVAT,ON.. I On Monday intelligence was received that the Great Eastern Railway Company's steamship Avalon, wblCb has been running on the new line of route to the conti- nent, between Harwich and Rotterdam, and was strand- ed early on the morning of Thursday, on what is known as the Hook of Holland, had been most successfully floated. The Avalon is one of the superior eteamers wbicb were lately built for the Great Eastern Railway Compa- ny for the trade, and has made several rapid runs cra" the German Ocean. On Wednesday she left Harwich for Rotterdam, IJ,r, ing no passengers on board, in order to commence tbe new tidal service arranged by the company, which ,w,j3 to come itit6 operation on the following day, the H In't. She was in charge of a Rotterdam pilot, ami on p?"'? inside what is termed the Hook of HoUand she went %hore on the long range of sands which rfr(tch <'? along that district of coast AU attempts aileti to |fL her off, and, as the wind and sea increa?d as <h< d'Y advanced, the most serious apprehensions were cuter tained as to her fate. News of the mfehap having be?n forwarded to 'j'1, terdam, two steamers were at once sent to her aid,  in csnsequence of the heavy seas which broke "Vei' ?'' beach she could not be approached. ForUumtely, "? ever. the weather moderated on Saturday both t wind and sea had gone down, and there was an ■ ally good tide to favour the operations for gettin-, hir off. The tugs got a strain upon the sbip, and eaily the afternoon of Saturday she floated, and was liaitw off into deep water. She was afterwards towed "P Rotterdam and surveyed. It is stated that she has iU' tained no material damage. The cause of the difuster is now under investipltl',D Whether it arose from some error in the course, or perfect soundings, is yet to be ascertained.

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