A curious story.--It will be remembered that the Charleston
rebels fired into the schooner G. D. d) R. F. Shannon
, of Philadelphia
The adventure befell the Shannon
at the time when the relief fleet was off the harbor, and it appears, according to Capt. Bowen
's statement, that the United States
vessels all remained outside the bar because they could not get over, and pass through the tortuous channel of six or seven miles requisite to reach Fort Moultrie
on the south side.
But Capt. Bowen
paid a visit to the Pawnee
, and while there the commander of that vessel asked him the draft of his schooner, and on finding it but six feet, and that it could be bought for $12,000, bought it at once, and struck a bargain with the captain to load it with provisions and stores for Fort Sumter
Every arrangement was made to carry this plan into effect on Saturday night; and had Major Anderson
been able to hold out, he would have got the requisite aid then.
But unfortunately he surrendered on Saturday, and the enterprise had to be given up as abortive.
Of course, Capt. Bowen
did not tell this little incident to the Secessionists, who, after his arrival at Charleston
, boarded his ship, and compelled him to make the statement which appeared in the Courier
. He kept it to himself, and cleared for Georgetown
, for which port he had a freight; but once out at sea, he thought he had seen enough of Southern trade, and made a straight course for home.
When on board the Pawnce
, the captain voluntarily tendered to the commander of that vessel any aid that he or his schooner could render to the country; and it was in consequence of this offer that the schooner was purchased.--N. Y. Times, April 29