Letter from Commodore Chauncey, to the Secretary of the Navy.
U.S. ship General Pike,
Sacket's Harbor May 1st, 1814.
Sir - I am happy to have it in my power to inform you that the U.S. ship Superior was launched this morning without accident. The Superior is an uncommon beautiful well built ship, something larger than the President, and could mount 64 guns, if it was thought advisable to put as many upon her. This ship has been built in the short space of eighty days and when it is taken into view that two brigs of 500 tons each have also been built rigged and completely fitted for service, since the first of February it will be acknowledged, that the mechanics employed on this station have done their duty. I have the honor to be, etc.
Hon. Wm. Jones, Secretary of the Navy, Washington
When our Ontario fleet now preparing is completed it will consist of one ship of 60 guns, one 30, one 28 three brigs each 26, one do. 18, and four schooners of 2 each.