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UNITED STATES MISSISSIPPI GUN-BOATS BEING BUILT AT
CARONDELET, NEAR ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI.
[SKETCHED BY ALEXANDER SIMPLOT.]
GUN-BOATS ON THE MISSISSIPPI.
WE publish herewith a picture of
the GUN-BOATS which are now in course of construction near
St. Louis, on
Mississippi, for the Federal Government. A St. Louis correspondent writes :
The work upon the four gun-boats
at Carondolet, five miles below the city, is going forward rapidly, and Captain
James B. Eads, who has the contract, is displaying great energy. The boats are
built of oak, unseasoned, and are called respectively the Nathaniel Lyon, John
C. Fremont, Simon Cameron, and—I fear the name of the fourth has escaped me, but
if it is not Jessie Fremont, it ought to be.
The boats are to be delivered by
5th October. They are to be cased with iron plates 2 1/2 inches thick.
THE REBEL STEAMER "PAGE"
THIS little steamer, of which we
give a sketch herewith, was built by THOMAS COLLYER, of this city, about seven
years ago. She has been employed in the passenger trade on the Potomac River
since she was launched. She is an
ordinary river boat. Since the rebellion she has been kept at Acquia Creek.
Lately she has been fitted up as a war steamer, mounting two rifled cannon, one
forward and the other aft. When the late Captain Ward shelled the batteries at
that place he endeavored to sink the Page, but was unable to do so. She is a
fast vessel, and could be made very useful by the rebels in transporting troops
across the river, or in towing flat-boats containing troops from place to place.
Her dimensions are as follows: Length, 128 feet ; beam, 26 feet ; depth of hold,
7 feet. Her draught of water is only about four feet.
page 628 we illustrate the
men-of-war now (September 17) lying in the harbor of New York.
There are two French steamers—the
Catinat, a side-wheel steamer, mounting about four guns, and the Jerome
Napoleon, a screw steamer, of which we
gave a portrait and description
in a previous number, when she arrived here. Both vessels have turned their
leisure in port to good account by painting their sides and trimming up their
general appearance. They leave with the Prince Napoleon.
There are also two British
steamers—the Rinaldo, a very handsome and fast screw steamer, clipper built, and
bark rigged—she carries thirteen guns—and the gun-boat Steady, a handsome craft,
which carries five guns, one of them a 68-pounder. Both of these vessels will
have left by the time our picture reaches the public.
The Brazilian vessel is the steam
corvette Boberibe, which carries seven guns. She, too, looks better now than
when she arrived, and is really a very handsome model.
Finally, our own Jamestown,
Commander Green, completes the group. We gave a picture of one of her exploits
in our last number. She is an old ship, and her build is not the latest style ;
but she is stanch, and her crew are the men to make her name familiar to the
THE FORTIFICATIONS AT BALTIMORE.
WE illustrate on
page 631 the
fort now being erected on
Federal Hill, Baltimore. The battlements are being
rapidly completed. When the whole work is finished it will be one of the most
impregnable fortifications in the country. Major Brewerton is in charge of the
works, and gives employment to a large number of Union cartmen. When they are
done, Murray Hill will next be fortified, and then Lafayette Park.
As some foolish stories are
afloat with regard to
General Dix's treatment of his prisoners, we subjoin the
following from the Tribune correspondence:
No intercourse is suffered with
the State prisoners at
Fort McHenry—not even are their families permitted to see
them. The stories set afloat of harshness being used by the police in the
capture of the prisoners are utterly untrue, for when required by the commandant
of Fort McHenry to reduce their charges to writing, the complainants declined,
saying that, perhaps, after all, their captors behaved with more than usual
deference—as was really the case. The trouble was not in the police, but in the
fact of the arrest, with these traitorous parties.
THE REBEL STEAMER "PAGE," NOW LYING AT ACQUIA
CREEK.—[SKETCHED BY LIEUTENANT OSBON.]