The cruise of the Niagara.
--A Boston paper publishes the following account of the cruise of the Niagara
, which arrived there on Tuesday last:
left New York June 30, 1860, for Jeddo
, with the Japanese Embassy
They first visited Port au Grand, at the Cape de Verde
Islands, and then proceeded to Loango, on the coast of Africa
From there they made a stretch to Batavia
, on the island of Java
, the trip occupying 44 days. They remained there ten days, and then proceeded to Hong Kong
From there they went to Japan
, arriving at Jeddo
They were received there with much ceremony, very courteously treated, and the Captain
and eight of the officers, with Col. Ripley
, were invited to dine with the Prime Minister
and all the high Princes of the Empire
They then went to Yokohama
, 12 miles below Jeddo
, where the men were allowed to go ashore.
They left Japan
on the 28th of November for Hong Kong
, and made one of the shortest passages on record, occupying only seven and a half days, and one day making over 312 miles, under sail alone.
After taking in coal and water, they took Mr. Ward
on board, and after touching at Singapore
, proceeded to Aden
, on the Arabian coast
of the Red Sea
, where they stayed a week for Mr. Ward
to take a steamer.
While lying here, they got the news of the election in the United States
, and of the secession feeling at the South
No State had seceded at their latest advices there, but it was believed that South Carolina
would certainly go, and perhaps be joined by other States.
They then went to Cape Town
, and had a very boisterous passage through the Mozambique channel
They arrived there on the 2d of February, and here got ten days later news from the United States
, but the secession of the Cotton States
was not then considered certain.
They remained there a week, caulking the ship and making some repairs, after which she was thrown open to the public, and several thousands visited her. Several entertainments were given on board.
On the 8th of March they sailed for this port, and have been 45 days on the passage.
They sighted St. Helena on the way, but did not touch.
has 300 seamen and landsmen on board; about 50 marines, 50 firemen and coal- heavers, and the physicians and officers swell the number to about 450.
has been ordered to New York, probably to refit for a Southern cruise.
She will answer for immediate service, but several months' time would be required to thoroughly repair her.