NAVAL CONSTRUCTION IN 1813.
Messrs. Editors : -- I have been thinking that if the British
Admiralty knew how fast we can work on this side of the At-
lantic, when a fleet or a fortress is to be taken, it may be they
would have given an order for enough vessels of light draught
of water to have taken Cronstadt during the present season,
and perhaps have ended the war at once.
[p. 161] It has been said that what has been done once can be done
The schooner Sylph, carrying 14 guns, 4 long 32's, and 10
6's, was built on Lake Ontario during the war of 1812, in the
short space of two weeks. On the same day on which she was
launched, the masts were put in, and the rigging over the mastheads ; on the second day, she was rigged, manned, and the
guns mounted ; her mainmast was 127 feet long, her mainsail
had over 90 feet hoist ; she had a lug foresail, with 2 bonnets ;
her standing jib had also 2 bonnets ; she had a fore topsail and
topgallant-sail, with a foreyard of 60 feet, a square-sail that
spread the yard and reached the deck ; a main gaff topsail, and
main-topmast staysail, completed her suit of canvas. On the
third day after launching she was ready for a cruise. One hun-
dred of this class of vessels could be built now in the same
length of time, inasmuch as the facilities are much greater now
than they were then. So thinks an
OLD SALT ON THE LAKES.