Yesterday, Her Majesty's Steam Sloops of War, Cherokee, and Mohawk, made an experimental trip in the Bay of Kingston. The day was, if we mistake not, the anniversary of that on which the Brigands, in 1838, attempted a landing at Prescott, but were prevented by the decision and energy of Captain Fowell, then commanding the little steamer Experiment. Captain Fowell attacked and beat off with his tiny vessel, the splendid steamer United States, then full of armed brigands, and which from her great size, and containing a large number of armed men, might either have run down or boarded successfully his tiny craft. For this act he was promoted to the rank of Commander.
The Cherokee is one of the most beautiful vessels in Her Majesty's Service. She is 752 tons; 200 feet in length, over-all; 30 feet 10 in. beam; 9 feet 6 in. depth of hold. With her guns on board (two 8 inch Paixhams), ammunition, 100 tons of coals (she can carry 200), and crew, she draws 9 feet 6 in. of water. She is propelled by two of Mosley's engines of 100 horse power each. Her present speed, with new engines not yet in proper working order, is 10 knots an hour. She is fitted for heavy carronades on her gangways, and is capable of carrying guns on her lower deck. The Commander of the Cherokee is William Newton Fowell; first Lieutenant, James Willoughby; Surgeon, John Forbes; Clerk in Charge, James T. Riccalton; Captain's clerk, Thomas Attrill; Gunner, - Wood; Carpenter, Thomas Brooks; first Engineer, Robert Fothergill; second Engineer, - Robinson; and she has a crew of 40 petty officers and seamen.
The Mohawk is an extremely pretty vessel. She is 194 tons; 130 feet in length, over-all; 19 feet 6 in. beam; 4 feet 6 in. depth of hold. With her guns on board (two 18 medium), 60 tons of coal, and crew, she draws 4 feet 6 in. of water. She is propelled by two beautiful little engines, by the above maker, of 30 horse power each. Mr. Baird's patent sweeping paddle wheels have been fitted to her, which are found to answer far beyond the most sanguine expectations. Her present speed, with not half her number of revolutions in the minute, is 10 knots an hour. The Mohawk is commanded by Lt. John Tyssen; assistant Surgeon, Charles Grier; Clerk in Charge, Thomas S. Haywood; Chief Engineer, - Burney; second Engineer, John Snell.
The splendid manner in which these two vessels left their moorings, and manoeuvred in the Bay, must have swelled with pride the heart of every British subject who witnessed them. Their raking masts, and funnels raking proportionately, are something very different from what we witness in looking at the numerous merchant steamers which daily crossed our beautiful Bay. The little Mohawk is a complete picture of Her Majesty's Steam Yacht Fairy, and we much envy Sailor Tyssen, in his command of her.
Placing altogether out of view the splendid appearance of these vessels, and the delight it must give to every truly British heart to see the flag of a thousand years floating over their decks, we cannot hide from ourself a conviction of the moral influence they must exert. They proclaim, with the Thunder's voice, that in protecting Canadians whether they may have been born in the country or out of it, against the inroads of fierce, rampant and blustering Republicanism, Canada Will Find That Britain Will Do Her Duty.
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