at the Atlantic wharf
, about midnight, after having performed one of the most daring feats of the war. The “New Ironsides” never fired another shot after this attack upon her. She remained some time at her anchorage off Morris Island
, evidently undergoing repairs; she was then towed to Port Royal
, probably to fit her for her voyage to Philadelphia
, where she remained until destroyed by fire after the war.
Nearly about the time of the attack upon the “New Ironsides” by the “David,” Mr. Horace L. Hunley
, formerly of New Orleans, but then living in Mobile
, offered me another torpedo-boat of a different description, which had been built with his private means.
It was shaped like a fish, made of galvanized iron, was twenty feet long, and at the middle three and a half feet wide by five deep.
From its shape it came to be known as the “fish torpedo-boat.”
Propelled by a screw worked from the inside by seven or eight men, it was so contrived that it could be submerged and worked under water for several hours, and to this end was provided with a fin on each side, worked also from the interior.
By depressing the points of these fins the boat, when in motion, was made to descend, and by elevating them it was made to rise.
Light was afforded through the means of bull's-eyes placed in the man-holes.
, Confederate States
Navy, having volunteered with a crew from the Confederate Navy, to man, the fish-boat for another attack upon the “New Ironsides,” it was given into their hands for that purpose.
While tied to the wharf at Fort Johnston
, whence it was to start under cover of night to make the attack, a steamer passing close by capsized and sunk it. Lieutenant Payne
, who, at the time, was standing in one of the man-holes, jumped out into the water, which, rushing into the two openings, drowned two men then within the body of the boat.
After the recovery of the sunken boat Mr. Hunley
came from Mobile
, bringing with him Lieutenant Dixon
, of the Alabama volunteers, who had successfully experimented with the boat in the harbor of Mobile
, and under him another naval crew volunteered to work it. As originally designed, the torpedo was to be dragged astern upon the surface of the water; the boat, approaching the broadside of the vessel to be attacked, was to dive beneath it, and rising to the surface beyond, continue its course, thus bringing the floating torpedo against the vessel's side, when it would be discharged by a trigger contrived to go off by the contact.
made repeated descents in the harbor of Charleston
, diving under the naval receiving ship which lay at anchor there.
But one day when he was absent from the city Mr. Hunley