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A speedy passage – 1950

Irish Examiner 5th June, 1850 page.3 (abridged)

Innismore, Aran Islands, County Galway Photo: Jansena1
Innismore, Aran Islands, County Galway
Photo: Jansena1

A correspondent of the Mail states that the Viceroy carried 1,120 letters and 33 passengers. We find in the same journal the subjoined letter from Mr. Evans, the pilot of Galway;
Galway, June 2, 1850
Sir,
At the request of Mr. Leigh, chief officer of coast guards, I beg leave to inform you that I proceeded as far as the Sound, on the north island of Arran, on board the Viceroy, on yesterday morning, a distance of twenty-seven miles from Galway, which she steamed in the wonderfully short space of two hours and ten minutes. I left her at 12 o’clock precisely, and at one p.m., she was completely out of sight. During all night it was perfectly calm, and at six o’clock this morning a nice breeze sprung up at S.S. East. The wind is now (three o’clock, p.m.) due south, fresh breeze. I have crossed the Atlantic several times by the Cunard steamers from Liverpool, and I am happy to inform you that the Viceroy exceeded any of them in speed at our starting; and I feel quite confident she will realise the hopes entertained of her making a speedy passage.
I am, Sir, your most obedient servant,
Joseph Evans, Master Pilot.