t New-Orleans on or about December twenty-seventh.
None of them, however, got off until two days later, when, as already related, the Mary A. Boardman steamed southward for Galveston, and with her the Honduras, leaving the slower Cumbria to bring up the rear, full forty-eight hours subsequent.
The Mary A. Boardman parted with her companion at the Delta of the Mississippi, on the bar of the South-West Pass, and henceforward held on her way alone.
At four o'clock on the afternoon of December thirty-first she arrived off Galveston.
Here an ominous sight awaited her in the ruined lighthouse on Bolivar Point — a long sandy reach stretching toward the town from the east.
The upper portion of the tower, of whitewashed brick, had been destroyed, the light extinguished, the house below burned, as afterward appeared, on the night of Sunday, the twenty-eighth, by the rebels, in anticipation of the arrival of Union troops.
The signal of the Mary A. Boardman being answered by the flagship We