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 fastened, and exploded at the will of those in the torpedo boat, without serious risk to themselves. Having prepared his boat, he selected thirteen men, six of whom were officers, to assist him in the undertaking. His first attempt to reach the “Albemarle” failed, as his boat got aground, and was only with difficulty released. On the following night, however, he again set out upon his perilous duty, determined and destined, this time, to succeed. Moving cautiously, with muffled oars, up the arrow Roanoke, he skilfully eluded the observation of the numerous forts and pickets with which that river was lined, and passing within twenty yards of a picket vessel, without detection, he soon found himself abreast of the town of Plymouth. The night was very dark and stormy, and having thus cleared the pickets, the launch crossed to the other side of the river opposite the town, and sweeping round, came down upon the “Albemarle” from up the stream. The “ram” was moored near a wharf, and by the light of a large camp fire on the shore, Cushing saw a large force of infantry, and also discerned that the “ram” was protected by a boom of pine logs, which extended about twenty feet from her. The watch on the “Albemarle” knew nothing of his approach till he was close upon them, when they hailed, “What boat is that?” and were answered, “the ‘Albemarle's’ boat;” and the same instant the launch struck, “bows on,” against the boom of logs, crushing them in about ten feet, and running its bows upon them. She was immediately greeted with a heavy and incessant infantry fire from the shore, while the ports of the “Albemarle” were opened, and a gun trained upon the daring party. Cushing promptly replied wit i a dose of canister, but
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