Running the blockade.
--The British iron screw steamer Georgianna
, Capt. Hudson
, left Marson (N. P.) on Sunday afternoon, March 15th, for Charleston
, having on board a valuable cargo of medicines, dry goods
, and some six pieces of field artillery of the Whitworth and Blakely patterns.
About one o'clock on Thursday morning, off Dewess's Breakers, the made a schooner and a steamer.
These although very close, were passed successfully, and without notice; but, on proceeding a short distance, she discovered several others ahead, and a rocket about this time going up, the blockaders soon commenced chasing and firing.--The Charleston Mercury
kept on her course for the bar-until her rudder was disabled by the explosion of a shell under her stern, and her hull was penetrated by several shots, one of which, it is reported, passed entirely through her. At one time the Yankees
were so close that the order to fire and the direction to trail their guns could be distinctly heard.
To prevent capture the Georgiana
was run ashore on Long Island
beach, and the pipes leading into the vessel were cut, letting a large amount of water into the hold, which, it is hoped, will prevent the enemy from securing the vessel or cargo.
The captain, pilot
, and most of the crew have reached the city in their boats.
One of the boats is still missing, but she may yet be heard from.--The coal burned by the Georgiana
, it is said, made much smoke, and it is thought that this led to her discovery by the Yankees
was owned by English parties, and was consigned to Messrs. John Francer