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k at the yard goes on as usual, and the immense number of men employed there enables the work to be pushed forward with an unexampled vigor. The new sloop-of-war Oneida will shortly be ready to launch. The men work like bees upon her. The other vessels are in a proportionate state of progress. The United States steamer Rhode Island will sail about the 6th or 7th inst. to communicate with the blockading squadron south of Cape Hatteras, and also the Gulf blockading squadron, Key West, Fort Pickens, &c., which will afford an excellent opportunity to send letters and papers. The gun-boats Mercury and O. M. Pettit went into commission yesterday, and will haul into the stream to-day. Probably they will lie off the Battery, with the other Government vessels now there. These boats are staunch little things and carry each two of the Parrot rifled guns, one on the bow, to carry a twenty-pound shot, and one all that will carry a thirty-pound one. Everything is on board to make the of