Important Naval intelligence.
--The United States
revenue cutter Harriet Lane
is to be temporarily converted into a man-of-war.
She went on Wednesday to the Brooklyn Navy-Yard
to receive a new and formidable armament.
Four 33 cwt. guns, one 12 pound howitzer, and a quantity of shot and shell will be put on board.
It is said that a marine guard is to be detailed for her immediately.
In obedience to orders from Washington
, the United States
is not to be put out of commission, as was expected, but will be immediately filled with stores and provisions for the squadron now cruising off Florida
As every exertion is being made to expedite her outfit, she will be ready in a few days.
Letters for the Brooklyn
, Wyandotte, St. Louis
will be forwarded by her.
The United States
steam gunboat Mohawk
, which arrived at Brooklyn
a few days since, has been hauled alongside the wharf at the Navy-Yard
, and will be overhauled at once.
Her present officers and crew, it is said, are not to be detached.
Those sailors and marines whom circumstances render it necessary to retain in the service beyond the specified limit of their time will receive one-fourth their usual pay, in addition to their present wages.
The act of Congress which provides for this expressly reserves, on the part of the Government
, the right to hold enlisted men as long as ‘"the interests of the country demand it,"’ on the condition aforesaid.
Matters are getting brisk at the Norfolk Navy-Yard
are being rapidly prepared for commission.
The premises are literally filled with coal.
The United States
steam frigate Mississippi
is now almost ready for sea, at Boston
Her condition has been reported to the authorities, and orders for her immediate outfit are said to be in contemplation.
Two small vessels have been filled with stores and provisions, at the Brooklyn Navy-Yard
, within the past few days, and are about having them transferred to ships that will convey them to the squadrons.