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Sloop of War "Germantown."
Iron-clad Frigate " Merrimac."
THE IRON-CLAD FRIGATE "
MERRIMAC," AND SLOOP OF WAR " GERMANTOWN," OFF
CRANEY ISLAND.—[FROM A SKETCH BY OUR SPECIAL ARTIST.]
" MERRIMAC" COMING OUT.
OUR special correspondent at
Fortress Monroe has lately had an opportunity
of visiting Craney Island, and has sent us the sketch which we reproduce above.
It represents the Merrimac and Germantown, both vessels stolen from our navy by
the rebels, afloat and at anchor off Craney Island, and ready for an excursion
toward Fortress Monroe and Newport News. It will be remembered that some weeks
since we published a
picture of the Merrimac in her new appearance,
from a sketch drawn by a mechanic on board. It will be seen that her cut and rig
are precisely what we depicted. She is understood to be iron-clad and to be
ten ten-inch rifled guns. The
Germantown carries twenty guns. Great preparations are said to be in progress at
Fortress Monroe to sink both of them if they venture out.
We likewise publish below a
picture of the BATTERY AT NEWPORT NEWS, which these ships would have to
encounter if they try to come out. Our engraving is from a sketch by Mr. J.
Kruse, Company K, New York First Volunteers. The battery is a powerful one, and
reflects credit on the Vermont volunteers who originally commenced its
A letter in the Herald says :
The latest intelligence we have
from Secesh, by way of a flag of truce, is that an iron-clad vessel is lying off
Craney Island, evidently awaiting
an opportunity to slip her cable, and either put to sea or else engage our
vessels in the harbor. Great activity is observed by our fleet in the harbor,
and should this rebel craft be so intrepid as to undertake so hazardous an
expedition, she will find a warm reception. For the information of the rebels I
will state that we have upward of two hundred guns on the shipping in the
harbor, and about as many more on the parapets and water-battery of Fortress
Monroe, which will not play an unimportant role in such an engagement. The
batteries on the Rip Raps are also to be taken into consideration, and if the
rebel craft should even reach this place she would be compelled to come between
the Rip Rips and the fort, and then pass four first-class United States war
General Mansfield received notice a day or two
ago to be on the qui vive for an attack. The veteran General, of course, had his
division in apple-pie order, and was prepared to give the enemy a cordial
welcome of grape and canister.
We read in the Commercial Advertiser:
The naval officers at this
station have trustworthy information that the Merrimac is actually ready for
service. The sloop-of-war Plymouth is off Craney Island, and the rebels are
removing the obstructions in the Elizabeth River, so as to allow the Merrimac to
come down and go up to Newport News to engage the Cumberland and Congress, now
stationed there. When the Merrimac comes out the Yorktown will come down the
James River. It will be a tough engagement. The Merrimac mounts ten 100-pounders
of the Armstrong pattern. The Plymouth mounts fourteen 9-inch navy guns. She
will be assisted by a fleet of small boats, each armed with rifled guns.
We are ready for them. The ships
here on our side are the
Minnesota, 44; Roanoke, 44; Jamestown, 20;
Monticello, 6; a bark, 6; and several tug-boats, each with rifled guns. At
Newport News there are the Congress, 50; Cumberland, 24 ; and Dawn, 5.
THE UNION BATTERY AT
NEWPORT NEWS.-[SKETCHED BY MR. J. KRUSE,
COMPANY K, FIRST REGIMENT NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.]