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was on board at the time. Thements is published in the Hampyacht is to proceed to Colchester shire Telegraph of the 12th inst
. with the remains without delay. However, whether the Water
Much speculation is afloat as Witch be a mere shell or not, it is to the issue of the race on the very clear that she beat the SerKing's birth-day for the splendid pent in a most signal manner; Cup and Plateau which His Ma- more so indeed than any of the imjesty has given us. The Water proved men of war; and as the Witch brig, by having entered Serpent was said to be bound with the lists, has puzzled the know- despatches to Sir George Cocking ones not a little ; as there are burn at Bermuda, it is presumed several points of sailing in which she was making the best of her she is superior to the large cut- way, according to the naval inters, and in some others she is structions in that respect. It nearly equal to them; but if the
was a very stormy breeze, and wind is scant (though she lies the yacht, with eighty men less very close to it), she cannot make on board, completely out-maher tacks good like a large class næuvred her, making her tacks cutter. If the wind be strong in one minute and a half less time. at S.S.E. however, she will stand, The Hampshire Telegraph and I think, a fair chance.
those who advocate its principles Some illiberal remarks having say that this trial was not a fair appeared in the Hampshire Tele- one; but in so saying, pray what graph on the trial of the Water must they be supposed to admit? Witch with H. M. Ship Serpent why, that a vessel, built in all (one of the new brigs built by respects similar both in substance Capt. Symonds), Lord Belfast and capacity to His Majesty's sent a letter to the Editor for ships, with the same ordnance, insertion, contradicting his state- anchor, boats, and cables, must ment “that his Lordship's vessel always have the advantage over was a mere shell, and that, not the men-of-war, so long as she is being fitted as a man of war, she in the hands of a Member of the must consequently have a de- Royal Yacht Squadron! What, cided advantage over her oppo- then, is to be done in the event nents.” It must strike every one of a war, when an enemy's as singular, I think, that the Edis cruiser, like the Water Witch, tor should have hazarded such appears off the Isle of Wight at opinions, when at the same time day-break, with the wind at he confesses himself unable to S. S. W., two gun-shots to windjudge of matters of naval ar- ward of any of His Majesty's chitecture; and all those who ships ? Is the Captain to delihave seen the Water Witch need berate and consider whether it is scarcely be told, that, so far from fair to risk a trial with a vessel being a shell, she has a solid bota upon unequal terms ? and will tom ; that her planking and tim- the Admiralty be pleased, if, after bers equal those of a brig of doing his best to capture the eighteen guns in thickness; her enemy, he reports the cruiser bulwarks moreover are of the could not be brought to, but that same height; and I observe that she went away to windward of a description of these measure- him one mile an hour - which is
a less dose than the Water Witch compensate for the advantages of has served out to most of the the steps and different landings at men-of-war?
Cowes, at all times of tide, and Certainly the country expects, with all winds : and then, too, after all the various improvements quite close to your own door, or which have been introduced in to that of the Club! Think only the science of building, that the of the convenience and comfort King's ships will be found supe- of your yacht laying at moorings rior to those of our opponents: under your window, as do those and if this turn out not to be the of Lord Durham, Mr. Lyon case, we are in the same situation Saunderson, the Duke of Noras we were during the American folk, and many others, who can war, when so many of the United absolutely hail them if they chuse States cruisers fairly ran away from their very bed-room winfrom and laughed at us. Did dows! How could this be done not the Argus brig, though al- at Ryde, where the tide runs out most within gun shot, get away nearly a mile, and the vessels are from the San Domingo, the Junor, obliged to lay at a proportionate and Statira? Did not the Hornet, distance? And with N.W.N. after having received grape shot and N.E. winds fresh*, only fancy from the Medway, escape after any one in a yacht boat trying to forty-eight hours' chase ? and get off to his vessel dry, rowing who does not recollect the Con- out from the Pier in a regular stitution getting away from the sea way! Then, again, fancy a whole of our squadron on the party with ladies, landing on the American coast.
pier, wet through, as they must Your excellent Correspondent be with those winds, sick and NEPTUNE thinks that Ryde would tired perhaps, which is but too in one respect have equal advan- often the case, and then obliged tages to this place if the Pier to drag along half a mile of pier, was improved, and that in ano- to be dunned by that neverther it is already superior in sleeping Argus, the Ryde tollbeing able to boast of such good keeper, for each of their twohouses.
pences for themselves, and also I agree with him as to the for their bags and sac de nuit ! latter; for there are few houses Truly the contrast between all at Cowes that will accommodate this and Cowes is somewhat edia family, and allow them also to fying and amusing. The truth put up a friend or two. The is, that Ryde is too exposed, good houses have been all pur- having the whole fetch of the chased long since, or are let to the Southampton water in N.W. same families every year ; and winds, which creates such a sea, the best of the others have nothing that to get off to your vessel is to recommend them but the sea out of the question, at least for view, and their vicinity to the pleasure or comfort, unless in a Stairs and Club-house. My sur- life boat. Such a breakwater as prise, however, is great to find Cherburgh or Plymouth would that NEPTUNE imagines any ad- be a great comfort if NEPTUNE dition to Ryde Pier would ever could manage it; and then the yachts could lie there comfortably which is constituted the delight of during the few hours their owners many who otherwise might never might chuse to devote to visiting. visit Cowes, but who now go there At present the proof of the incon- on the express account of the venience of Ryde is to be found yards being close at hand; to say in the many houses vacant there, nothing of the great convenience when at Cowes, only eight miles there afforded for repairs, dock. apart, not one is to be had; and ing, and laying aground, the ves. even the two that are now build- sel all the time being under the ing for next season are already immediate eye of the owner. agreed for.
* At Cowes the harbour-tide makes a complete shelter in these winds.
Where would NEPTUNE send A smoother landing may no the vessels if Ryde was the ren. doubt be made, according to the dezvous? and where could they suggestion of NepTUNE, which I be laid aground for scrubbing, hope the Ryde Pier Company will which operation is to be perattend to; but let no stranger formed twice or thrice during the Aatter himself that he will have season? I hope he will ere long an easier communication thereby visit us at Cowes, and convince with his yacht: he may get into himself of his own mistake ; and his boat more comfortably, as she also, casting off his prejudice will not dance up and down so against the builders, that he will merrily, but he will find the kindly supply them with those samerough sea in rowing out to his suggestions he is so capable of yacht in the distance, as it is by giving for the improvement of no means either safe or practi- building and sailing. cable for yachts to go alongside The Duchess of Kent and the Pier, in all weathers, like the Princess Victoria have returned steam-packets. Even these are to Norris Castle from their trip to very shy of approaching the Pier Plymouth, where they took a with the wind blowing on; and cruise to view the Eddystone yachts, with their masts and rig- Lighthouse on board the Forte ging, and slight build, should not frigate, which was waiting there be risked alongside except under bound to the West India station. particular circumstances. She appeared in excellent order;
NEPTUNE says it is of little but the scene altogether fell far advantage to the yachts having short of that beautiful sight at Cowes harbour, with all its slips Spithead, when their Royal High. and building yards; and he then nesses embarked on board the goes on to compare the builders Vestal, attended by the Royal to so many Yorkshire horse Yacht Squadron. The frigate dealers in their faculty of talking beat up to Cowes under a press over their customers, and inducing of canvas, and appeared to sail them to lay out their money with very well ; but it was perceived them.
that the Water Witch brig was Now NEPTUNE certainly can. obliged to be under low sail, to not be au fait in the system and keep her station with the other fun of yachting: it is in the build- yachts close to the Royal Staning, the unbuilding, the lengthen- dard. The Vestal is a fine ship, ing incessantly, &c. &c. that the and built by Capt. Symonds, chief amusement lies, and in and though she is the same length. of the small class frigates called can be no doubt that the alteradonkeys, she is equal in breadth tions arise from the conviction of to the large ones.
the superiority of the bows of The accounts brought from Mr. Joseph White's vessels ; and Plymouth by the vessels just re- the Navy will have then to be turned from a visit to that Port, thankful to the Royal Yacht say that the Ringdove brig, just Squadron for bringing those imlaunched, appears to have her provements into notice, which bows improved; and to be of a will give the seamen dry jackets different construction to the Pan- and beds, such comforts being taloon, which was considered as never to be obtained at sea in the standard model. If this vessels constructed like the Panprinciple is departed from, which taloon,
J. B, G. it is hoped may be the case, there Cowes, August 12, 1833.
POSTSCRIPT-Cowes, August 21. The King's Cup was won this completely maintained her very day by the Alarm cutter, 193 high reputation, having beat the tons.—The Albatross, 75 tuns, Alarm the first twenty miles and the Water Witch brig, how- round the Noman’s-land Buoy, ever, started, in order to make a and out-carried her, as she was race for the amusement of the obliged to take in her top-sail Duchess of Kent and Princess and frequently to luff. Victoria, who were present; but It was universally regretted with wind and tide against, it that the Duke of Norfolk did not
ould not be expected in a dead enter the Arundel, as there is no beat of thirty miles that any doubt whatever but that she square-rigged vessel could make would have won the Cup, being to windward with so large a cut
a stiffer and finer vessel than the ter as the Alarm.
Yours, &c. J. B. G.
DESULTOPY REMARKS-BY AN OLD FRIEND.
Mr. Editor, as a constant you miscellaneous intelligence reader, a quondam humble contri- on sporting subjects in this our butor, and hearty well-wisher, to quarter, and I would most wil. perceive that your sporting pages lingly do so; but indeed, in the are still thriving with their pris- interregnum of the summer soltine vigour, and are still valu- stice, whilst vegetation lives and able to Sportsmen, both as to glories in its most beautiful and practical information in general lively colours, if we except the on sporting subjects, and to the Angler's trade, all the other casual reader, into whose hands branches of sport are "mute and the revolving month by accident dead.” Racing, to be sure, is now places them, to pass away a heavy the pastime of those who love to hour. As
a Northern Corre. view the spondent, it will be expected that " Swift coursers panting to the goal!" VOL. VII.-SECOND SERIES, -No. 41.
-a pastimeindigenous in our Isle, exist, which bring into the though imitated now by our Con- pocket of the lucky owner tinental brethren in many different such valuable pulverum olympicum grades of success, though in all (Anglicè, gold dust) as they do, very very short of the mark. I there is no danger of the Stud might here, Mr. Editor, while Book going out of print. on the Turf, or above it (for we I shall now leave my Turf crie must be all under it sooner or tique, to take a peep at the prolater according to our Anno Do- spects for the Chase for the enmini date, as worthy QUARTO suing season among us. It is says in this month's Mag.)—I pretty well known to most of our say, here might I venture to Northern readers that there is a regret that racing should be made new division of countries round the means of encouraging the Modern Athens; and this partispirit of gambling, and leading tion treaty has been patched and those men (who are not over-bur- fitted up, 1 believe, in a manner thened with principle) to descend that will prove productive of to the most villanous intrigues to general satisfaction, though, I am conjure the money out of the sorry to say, it has, I find, caused pockets of the liberal, unsuspect- a shyness among some brethren ing, and unwary. But I need not of the Chase that were previously moralise, or descant on this un- going on cominus in all that was avoidable evil attending the Turf, connected with the sport. This, for one plain reason " man is however, Mr. Editor, need not man ;” and where there are “ tot astonish either you or I, or any homines, tot principiæ,” almost veteran, as we have both lived every occupation, every trade, long enough to be convinced, that every calling, every pastime or to inake every man pleased and amusement, while followed by contented is a consummation some with straight-forward and which, though “ devoutly to be proper feelings, will be pursued wished,” will be accomplished by others from motives the most about perhaps the time when the sordid, grovelling, and unprinci- Reform Bill and all other Bills pled.
will have made the Constitution I am aware that there is a reply of Great Britain a model of perto these regrets of mine, which fection—an era, I am afraid, still “ pity 'tis are true,” and I cannot very remote: and I have only to but admit the justice of it, that, add, that it is my sincere prayer, were it not that racing was the as a well-wisher to my native means of enriching some and im- land, that it were possible to get poverishing others, the noble Statesmen to imitate a pack of breed of horses which distinguishes well-bred fox-hounds-namely, our “sea-girt Isle” would dete- to carry a good head, stick close to riorate in its quality; and that, their game, and “ware" tailing and was racing to be carried on (tó skirting! use an old school-boy's phrase)
So much for moralising on the for "funny,"and not for "wonny," fatal propensity to be a quarrelit would die a natural death very some, discontented animal, and soon. Certes, whilst such Stakes unfortunately giving way to sell, as the Derby or the St. Leger in too many instances, where a