The New rebel steamer "No. 290."
--According to the following statement, furnished by the London
correspondent of the Dublin Evening Mail,
the new ‘"rebel"’ steamer ‘"No. 290,"’ which has just given the Tuscarora
the slip, is an iron-clad and a very formidable vessel:
She can steam from 16 to 18 knots an hour, is perfectly seaworthy; for all practical purposes invulnerable, and will prove to any vessel she may encounter as formidable an antagonist as our own Warrior, the boast of the British
This is the ‘"No. 290"’ as to whose whereabouts Union cruisers have with reason betrayed such anxiety.
It had been known for some time that a large and powerful iron vessel was constructing at the dock-yard of Messrs. Laird
; but monsters of the deep are so much the order of the day at that establishment that no one troubled his head much about this new production, or cared to remark the great thickness of the plates which were being used.
At the very last moment the Federal
authorities seem to have had their suspicion aroused, for the Tuscarora
was dispatched to keep watch in the neighborhood of the dock where she lay, and the southern coast of Ireland
was also strictly watched.
‘"No. 290,"’ meanwhile, apprised of all that was going on, dropped down the river quietly one day, and steamed out into the bay, nominally for her trial trip — with a party of ladies and musicians on board.
Instead, however, of returning to moorings at Birkenhead
, where she would have been kept endurance vile by the Tuscarora
, she quietly landed her passengers, avoiding Cork, Waterford
, &c., in the neighborhood of which she might have heard of something not at all to her advantage.
‘"No. 290"’ steamed round by Londonderry
, and was jointed off the west coast of Ireland
by the steamer which had previously sailed, having on board the armament intended for the ‘"Ironsides."’