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and rendering other important services during his appointment in North America.

As commander of the Northumberland, 74 guns, he conveyed the fallen Emperor Napoleon to the lonely rock where that ambitious spirit pined away. In 1819, Sir George was created Vice-Admiral; and on the 5th of April he was honoured with the title of General of Marines. Sir George's honours, like his long and arduous services, were numerous: as Admiral of the fleet, he died August 19th, 1853, in the 82nd year of his age; and on the 3rd of September we saw his remains followed to the grave by veteran naval officers, as the yellow leaves rustled on the pathway of Kensall Green Cemetery.

He fell in the yellow autumn time,

Like ripe fruit for the tomb;

The sun had set on his wasting prime-
The Reaper call'd him home.

The following may be considered a just tribute to his memory:-"The friend of the immortal Nelson-the gallant Cockburn-has passed away. A rigid disciplinarian of high and honourable sentiments, he was always kind and affable when off duty—generous as a prince: and while afloat he never lost an opportunity of advancing the interests of those officers who had gained his confidence and esteem by their strict attention to their duties, and the zeal with which they carried out his orders against the enemy. On one occasion, when his flag was flying during the American war, he found his repeated commendations in favour of an officer whom he deemed worthy of promotion, unattended to. He then wrote as follows to the First Lord of the Admiralty :-"If I have not an opportunity of rewarding those officers by whose exertions I have been enabled to carry my plans into execution, I must beg leave to resign a position so painful to my feelings." No set of men were ever more devoted to their chief than those officers who had the honour of serving under him. Whatever he ordered, they knew to be practicable, and accordingly carried it out at all risks. 66 Impossible," was a word that found no place in his vocabulary; and this, all who served with him, knew full well. In his numerous encounters with our transatlantic brethren, the humblest of his crew was not exposed to greater fatigue and hardship than the Admiral himself. We have known him, after a sharp fight, followed by a sultry march, skirmishing with the enemy the greater part of the time, dismount from his horse, and take the muskets from two marines who were overpowered with heat and fatigue, and carry them himself! These, and similar acts, were the traits that endeared him, not only to his own, but also to the sister service."*

* Naval and Military Gazette.

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We have now brought the reader from the cumbrous galleys of Richard I. to the days of science, when steam power has become the popular means of war, as it is of commerce, and we close our sketch by giving a list of the Spithead war steamers:

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The greater portion of this formidable fleet was anchored off Spithead, August 11th, 1853, and was reviewed by Her Majesty Queen Victoria and her Royal Consort Prince Ålbert.

Thou art my home, Old England,
And a refuge for the world;

Still be thy flag of kindness

To the virtuous unfurl'd.

And should invasion's horrid growl,

Disturb thy calm repose,

Heaven bless thee then Old England,
And shield thee from thy foes!


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