days previously, and ascended the middle channel of the Roanoke River in a dinghy.
The party carried two torpedoes, each containing one hundred pounds of powder, with their appendages, which were transported on stretchers across the swamps.
John W. Lloyd, coxswain, and Charles Baldwin, coalheaver, swam the river with a line and hauled the torpedoes across to the Plymouth shore close to the town.
The torpedoes were then connected by a bridle floated down with the current, guided by Charles Ba signal.
Everything worked well until the torpedoes were within a few yards of the ram, when Baldwin was seen and hailed by a sentry on the wharf.
The sentry then fired two shots, which was soon followed by a volley of musketry, which induced Lloyd to cut the guiding line, throw away the coil, and swim the river again to join John Laverty, fireman, who was left in charge of the arms and clothes.
These two men, with the boat-keeper, returned to the ship, after an absence of thirty-eight hou