d with great vigor, and a masked battery of Whitworth guns on Smith's Island kept up a furious fire.
The enemy did not seem to be particular in his aim, as an 80--pounder Armstrong rifle-shot passed through the port-side of the Kate, and out through the starboard bulwarks, just as the Mount Vernon and her boats boarded her. Several shots from heavy Armstrong guns and Whitworth 12-pounders struck the Mount Vernon. One Whitworth projectile passed through the engine-room, instantly killing Edwin H. Peck, first-class fireman.
This shot lodged in the engineer's tool-chest, demolishing the contents.
An Armstrong rifle-shot cut away all the shrouds of the port fore-rigging.
A Whitworth shot cut away the fore-topmast rigging, and another the fore-gaff.
A shot from the mound battery carried away the stock of the port-anchor.
Many shot passed over the vessel and all around her, and the firing from the enemy's work was lively enough to make the affair very exciting.
But the commander of t