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GUARD-BOAT ON PICKET DUTY OFF MOBILE.
OUR correspondent transmits some
interesting sketches of the BLOCKADE OFF MOBILE, which we present before our
readers on pages 97, 101, 104, and 105. The large picture on pages 104 and 105
UNITED STATES SLOOP OF WAR "RICHMOND"
on blockading duty, rolling and
pitching about in a heavy sea. She is a first-class sloop of war, mounting
22 guns. The Hartford,
and Pensacola belong to the same class.
Another picture, which we give
GUARD-BOAT ON PICKET DUTY.
Says our correspondent:
"The poor fellows manning these
boats often suffer very severely from cold and rain; when the weather is
moderate they divert themselves with fishing, but at best their duty is a hard
A third sketch, given below,
"KENNEBEC" CHASING THE "GREY JACKET."
On the night of December 30 the
fleet was alarmed by the usual signal notifying them that a vessel was coming
out. It was dark and boisterous, but from the Richmond the rebel steamer was
easily seen. It is the duty of the smaller vessels to give chase while the
larger ones protect. In this case the pursuit devolved upon the Kennebec, who
chased the steamer during the greater part of the next day, and celebrated
New Year's eve by her capture.
The prize was a valuable one, containing five hundred bales of cotton and four
hundred barrels of turpentine and resin. Accompanying these sketches is another,
which we print on the first page, with the title,
FLAG IS THERE!"
stripes as being hoisted by the officers and sailors on one of our gun-boats at
THE UNITED STATES STEAMER "KENNEBEC" CHASING THE
REBEL STEAMER "GREY JACKET."