From Ballarat and District Industrial Heritage Project
- THE "PHOENIX" STEAMER!
- This vessel does not leave until the end of the week. This is owing to her detentention by the late heavy weather, and her consequent loss of time. It is due to her, however, to say, that she has proved her self to be a safe winter boat, and fully equal to any weather on this coast. She is Strong, her engines are good, and her ac commodation all that could be reasonably expected. If anything further could be desired with respect to her, it is the re placement of her boilers by newer and more powerful ones, and these have been ordered, and will be shortly put in her. We are without any particulars with respect to her return trip from Melbourne, hut such of the passengers as we have seen speak in the highest terms of the way in which it was performed.
- THE PHOENlX STEAMER.
- This fine steamer, which has recently been under extensive re-pairs, yesterday took a trial trip down the harbour, when a party of gentlemen were invited by the spirited proprietors to witness her performance.
- The Pheonix was employed in the Cape of Good Hope trade, and after laying some time idle at that place, was sent on to the Australian Colonies, when after some unsuceessfnl trips, she was laid up. She then belonged to a company of gentlemen engaged in the prosecution of marine steam communication between these colonies; but subsequently became the property of Mr. Dawson, under whose direction she was repaired, and by whom she was sold to Messr. Towns and Darley the present owners. The Pheonix is a vessel of 400 tons register, and her engines at present are of about 150 horse-power. She has entirely new boilers in her, is newly decked fore and aft; her engines have been thoroughly overhauled, and the entire expense of her repairs have not been less than £9000. Her trial trip on Saturday was completely successful. Although too light in the water to give her paddies fair play, the floats only touching the water, she proceeded down the harbour at a pace certainly not less than eight knots an hour, and frequently exceeding that speed, although it was not thought prudent to put her to above half her full power: on the return trip her paddle made 21 revolutions per minute.
- She proceeded about two miles outside the heads-when the company partook of an excellent cold lunch, to which ample justice was done, and success to the vessel and a loyal health to the Queen were drank with enthusiasm. The Phoenix has literally "risen from her ashes," and is now preparing for a higher and bolder flight than she has hitherto attempted. Messrs. Towns and Darley purpose sendlng her about the 15th of this month to Singapore with the view of meeting the Indian Mail. The attempt at this achievement deserves the good wishes of every colonist-convinced as we must be by this time, that portal com-munication by steam with Great Britain, can only be established hb our own efforts, seconded by the private enterprise of British merchant. The English Government has pa'lered with us too long to permit us to hope for assistance from her, and should success crown this enterprise of two spirited colonists, it will do much to inspire confidence in our ability to carry out this most reportant matter for ourselves.
- The Phonix has all the capabilities for such a voyage-she is a strong well built, steady sea boat, and mott heartily do we wish her success.