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The Gosport Navy-Yard.

--Our Norfolk correspondent, of the 23d instant, furnishes the following with regard to the condition of affairs at the Gosport Navy-Yard:

The work at the Navy-Yard goes on finely. It would be interesting to your readers to have an account of the principal works in progress at that great naval establishment; but they will not be so favored. How willing soever your correspondent might be to give the particulars, he does not consider it entirely expedient to do so. Notwithstanding the great fire that consumed millions of valuable public property, our Navy-Yard is still an "institution" of which Southerners may well be proud. Those mammoth ship-houses and rows of splendid buildings, well filled with naval stores, rigging and machinery, and that splendid armada that fed the dames, whose rose was heard for miles like the voice of the waves of the ocean driven by the storm, are no longer there to ornament the river and its shores; but our Navy-Yard, with its munificent docks and other appurtenances, is still a place to be admired and valued.

I, may allude, however, at another time, to the dry-dock, that attractive and important feature of the yard which the Northern incendiaries and vandals tried in vain to destroy, laying the trains carefully beneath the solid masonry, and cautiously, though valley, seeking at the midnight hour to demolish the magnificent granite structure, and scatter the fragments on every hand.

The excavation, by-the-way, preparatory to laying the foundation of the dry-dock at the Navy- Yard, was commenced January 1, 1828;thus it has stood well the test of time and hard usage, and will no doubt continue to be of immense value to the Confederate Government.

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