THE SIR JOHN HARVEY. -- We have already published an account of this beautiful new propeller, owned by Messrs. Clarke, Jones & Co., of this city, intended to run as a packet between Boston and Halifax. Yesterday afternoon, by invitation of the owners, with some two hundred others, including many ladies, we went down the harbor in the Sir John Harvey, on a trial trip. The beautiful vessel worked finely. The machinery, which was made and fitted by Mr. OTIS TUFTS, of East Boston, one of the best and most successful machinists in this country, worked to a charm. The day was pleasant, and all hands on board appeared to enjoy themselves very much. The Sir John made full twelve miles an hour, wind and tide against her. In returning from the Minots, we had a trial of speed with that most admirable propeller, the Eastern State, which we met on her way to Bangor. The Sir John overhauled and passed her, though it is but fair to state that the Eastern State was pretty deeply loaded, while the Sir John was in ballast. A fine collation was provided by the liberal minded owners, who were on board, after partaking of which, the company adjourned to the upper deck, where a meeting was organized by the election of Col. Adams as chairman, who performed his duties admirably. A committee composed of Nathan Hale, Jr., Esq., and Thomas Gill, Esq., was appointed to report resolutions. The Committee subsequently made an excellent report, of which we regret we have not a copy. The Chairman then gave the regular toasts, which were well received. Speeches were made by Henry N. Hooper, Esq., Nathan Hale, Jr., Esq., and William Schouler. Mr. Otis Tufts and also the owners, Clarke & Jones were warmly toasted, but that innate modesty which ever characterizes the true mechanic and merchant, debarred them from making a response. They were, however, loudly cheered by all on board. The vessel arrived at the end of Long wharf about 8 o'clock, and the guests landed highly gratified with their trip.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius.
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