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DEPARTURE FROM LYTTELTON. After a stay which, in the opinion of the public and of the ships' companies, has been all too brief, his Majesty's ships Euryalus, Challenger and Psyche quitted Lyttelton in the early hours of this morning, in order to continue their visits to the principal ports of the colony. Leave of absence from tKe vessels concluded at ten o'clock last night, and by that hour the members of their crews were fathered on board, after many hearty farewells from the, in most cases, newly-made friends they left behind them here. During their stay at Lyttelton, considerable popularity has been gained by all ranks of the " Sons of the Sea" on the three vessels. Those of the upper grades have well -maintained the traditional reputation of British naval officers, and the men of lower stations have earned the name of a hearty, yet well-conducted, set of fellows. It is with regret, therefore, that the people of Christchurch and Lyttelton bid them farewell. They took their departure in weather befitting a regretful occasion. The fine weather that prevailed from the . time of their arrival gave place this morn- i ing to a soaking rain, which rendered the scene particularly cheerless. Halfpast four o'clock was the time appointed for departure, and before four the vessels resounded with loud aud authoritative voices calling up the sleeping bluejackets and marines. As was to be expected at so early an hour, the gathering on the Avharf was not large, and consisted solely of those whom, duty called. Captain Clark, the harbourmaster, was there, and so, too, were the pilots, Captains A. H. Thorpe and A. Brown. The former boarded the flagship, while his colleague took the guidance of the Challenger. Swarms of bluejackets assisted in the work of unmooring, and at 4.40 a.m. the Euryalus moved -away in the darkness from the side of No. 3 'wharf . The tug Lyttelton took a Imp from, the flagship's bows and aided her passage* out through the moles. A single toot of her whistle was the only announcement to Lyttelton that the warships were departing. The Euxyalus signalled to the Psyche to follow. The latter quitted her moorings off the Gladstone Pier and followed the Admiral's vessel, passing out between the , moles at 5 a.m.- Meanwhile the Challenger had moved from the western side of JSTo. 3 wharf ,' at which she was ( lying, with her bows pointing shorewards. She turned within the moles, and at 5.25 a.m. passed between them, following her consorts. The vessels were ablaze with light, and made a striking and effective picture as they moved out from their moorings. They proceeded down the harbour in the grey dawn, and formed column^he Euryalus leading, in the stre am. lney passed between the heads at 6.45 a.m., and went on their way to Wellington, , to which port it was stated^they were to proceed at a sixteen knot rate, at i 9.45 a.m. theVwere reported as passing Port Robinsdn. . . , W1 The men-of-war are toi remain at Wellington for a week, during which they will replenish their bunkers, taking on board, among them, 2000 tons of coal, of which 1100 tons will go to the flagship. From Wellington they are to go to Auckland, and will make a passage trial of the run up the coast. During eight hours they, will steam 21 knots an hour, and for the remainder of the time they are to do 19 knots. .It is expected that 'they will accomplish the trip from Wellington to Auckland inthirty hours. After spending a Week at Auckland the Euryalus j^andj^he' Payche are to go ta Hbbart. The Challenger will remain to cruise in New.. Zealand waters for a few months. j In pursuance of the Admiralty T s re-: cently initiated policy of replacing old\ vessels with new, the Challenger's sister ship, the Encounter, and another similar vessel, are expected to arrive on the Australasian station shortly. H.M.S. Pegasus, a sister vessel to the Psyche, is already on her way out, and will be followed by H.M.S,. Prometheus and; two other vessels of the same class, so ; that five modern third-class cruisers | will » be stationed in Australasian i waters. The Tauranga and other vessels of heir class, now on this station, will return to England, where, it is to be presided, they will be sold as being out of date^ ' ' • -

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Star, Star, Issue 8247, 21 February 1905

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THE NAVAL SQUADRON. Star, Issue 8247, 21 February 1905