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The Steam Troop-Ship "Adriatic."
Illustrated London News, March 15, 1862
The state of the weather on the coast of the country to which our Canadian reinforcements have been dispatched will be well understood from the situation of the vessel in our Engraving on the preceding page, drawn from a sketch kindly forwarded to us by Lieut. Griffiths, of the 63rd Regiment. The Adriatic, the subject of our illustration, was formerly one of the Collins line of Atlantic Mail Steam-ships, and for size, build, and speed, is one of the noblest specimens of naval architecture afloat, being upwards of 3000 tons burden, with a nominal power of 1000 horses. She was built in the United States, and is comparatively a new vessel. On the threatened rupture between this country and the Federal Government of America (in connection with the Trent affair) she was chartered by our Government for the conveyance of troops to Canada, and sailed from Southampton for Halifax on the 20th of last December, having on board the first battalion of the Grenadier Guards, 820 strong, 460 men of the Military Train, and 40 officers of the Commissariat Department. The Parana, the doubtful safety of which vessel it will be remembered caused so much anxiety here, sailed at the same time with the Scots Fusiliers and Artillery, but was soon thoroughly outstripped by her swift consort, which made a most successful run across the Atlantic, and arrived at St. John, New Brunswick, on the 9th of January, and there safely landed her troops.
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