The New Cutter
A Salt Water Boat in Our Harbor.
The Revenue cutter Manhattan, which has been ordered to this district, arrived yesterday afternoon from Boston, which port she left August 5th. The Manhattan is an iron screw boat, something similar to our larger tugs, and was built at Chester, Pa. in 1873 by C. T. Wildner. She is 100 feet in length, over all 20 feet 6 inches beam, 9 feet 2 inches depth of hold, and has a compound low pressure engine, the cylinders being respectively 19 1/2 inches and 80 inches square. She has but one boiler, a single screw 3 feet in diameter, and has 36 inches stroke. Coaled and ready for sea she draws 9 feet 2 inches of water.
During the passage from Boston to this port the log says she had thick heavy fogs and much rain, rendering the passage anything but a pleasant one. The Manhattan is not noted for her speed, about nine knots per hour being the outside when loaded. After the officers and crew have sufficient time to rest she will start on her cruise of the lake.
She has good accommodations, considering her dimensions, the captain's room aft being large, light and airy, while the other officers are forward below the main deck. She brought several novelties to these waters, among which are three Chinamen, who have, since on their arrival, been the observed of all observers.
Her officers (by the way are as gentlemanly a lot as ever wore Uncle Sam's uniform) are: Capt. D. B. Hodgson; First Lieutenant, Eric Gabrielson; Second Lieutenant, William Charlton (well know to our people, having been on the Chase); Third, Lieutenant W. H. Cushing; Chief Engineer, C. H. Ball; First Assistant, James Ogden. The petty officers are: - Boatswain, Joseph Guthrie; Carpenter, Augustus Thornton; Pilot, Courvett. Aside from the officers she has a crew of sixteen men, distributed among seamen, firemen, cooks and cabin boys.
A monkey as full of tricks as it can hold, has charge of the forward deck and rivets the attention of all the children who visit the west pier. We are glad the Manhattan has arrived, for our seamen in years past have found a welcome friend in distress in the revenue boats.