The ships of the Lakes, especially those on Ontario, with the exception of the NEW ORLEANS and CHIPPEWA, of 106 guns each, are in a state of rapid decay; as was to have been expected. Those named were not launched, and, being well covered, might now soon be fitted for service. But even in the event of a war with Great Britain, of which there is no present prospect, it is doubtful whether any great naval force will be maintained on the Lakes. The circuinstances of the countries bordering on them are materially changed - what was a wilderness (on our side of them,) at the beginning of the late war, now teems with inhabitants, hourly increasing in numbers and advancing in power; abounding also in supplies of all sorts necessary on an emergency. No one over entertained the idea, we should suppose, that the great naval establishment on the lakes would have been kept up - the ships were built for temporary purposes, and it will be much cheaper to build others, if they should even be wanted than to keep in repair ships built as these were, during peace.
Several of them, we know, were, on the lake, fitted for service, in less than 60 days. After the trees of which they were built were felled in the forest. They were perishable in their nature, and have perished. ---- Niles Register
Cleaveland Weekly Herald
Thurday, September 26, 1822; 1:1.
The Big Ship at Sackets Harbor -, The Government ship on the stocks at Sacket's Harbor, is decidedly the lion of the place. The ship, being a three-decker, 200 feet long, of 3,500 tons burthen, and pierced for 120 guns, requires, of course a large building to cover her. Flights of stairs lead through the vessel to the top of the building from which is afforded a grand and magnificant view, interspersed with land and water, taking in the noble harbor and numerous bays with which the lake shore is indented. From an external appearance, the vessel would seem to be in tolerable state of preservation, but her timbers must be considerably decayed, and the most perfect soundness would not redeem recent expenditures in repairing the building, from the character of utter waste. It would be impossible to launch her from her present position, in consequence of the change in formation of ground, and the reduced depth
of water, wrought out by that great agent of change which is constantly operating upon the face of the world - physical and moral. The progress, too, of 33 years have made the science of naval warfare, render the vessel utterly worthless for any practical purpose in the event of war. - - - Oswego Times
Cleveland Weekly Herald
Wednesday, September 22, 1847