The loss of the President, on her home passage, in the dreadful gale of March, 1841, for the moment produced a feel ing of mistrust as to the permanent efficacy of steam navigation in situations of extreme peril, and for distant voyages on stormy seas; but the evil impression rapidly passed away. It was remembered that the British Queen and the Halifax mail steamers weathered the hurricane to which the President had succumbed, and that many of the finest sailing-vessels in the royal navy and merchant-service had been lost by foundering at sea. The instance of the President was an isolated casualty, and not a test upon which to establish a general rule. Gigantic as that steamer was considered at the time, she bore no comparison to the dimensions of the Himalaya, and the latter sinks into a dwarf by the side of the Great Eastern.
Between the years 1842 and 1845, her Majesty's steam-sloop.
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