THE CLIPPER SHIP WITCH OF THE WAVE. — Capt. Millett, which sailed from London on the 23d ult, and passed the Land's End on the 30th, arrived here yesterday morning. During the entire passage she was beset with either light head winds or calms. In six days she only made five miles westing, less than a mile a day, and her greatest run for one day was only 20 miles. This was hard luck for a ship which can run 350 miles a day; but no craft with canvass can make a passage without wind. We examined her log and journal carefully, and were surprised at her zig zag track across the Atlantic. Her passage from China to London was conceded by the London press to be the shortest on record, and the ship herself was the wonder and admiration of the Cockneys. Such a magnificent ship never before entered the commercial emporium of the world. During her lie in London she was daily thronged with visitors, among whom were many naval and mercantile officers, as well as ship-builders and owners. She is now in most beautiful order, both below and aloft, and during her circuit around the world, has not carried away the value of a studdingsail boom. Her lower rigging has been turned in twice during the voyage, and is now as neat as the most experienced seamanship could make it. Her spacious decks, her bulwarks, her cabins, in short, all that meets the eye, for beauty and neatness, must be seen to be appreciated. Capt. Millett, his chief officer, Mr. Eaton, and all her other officers, and the crew, have cause to feel proud of their skill and handiwork. She will soon commence loading in Messrs. Glidden & Williams's line of San Francisco packets. In the meantime we advise those who take an interest in shipping, to visit her. She lies at the South side of Lewis wharf.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius.
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