Sinking of a Yankee gunboat in Mobile bay.
--The New Orleans (Yankee) Era
announces the loss of the Yankee gunboat Narcissus
, William G. Jones
The letter detailing the event is dated Mobile bay
, December 8th and says:
"On the night of December 7th she went in on picket duty to the obstructions opposite the city of Mobile
At 7 o'clock P. M. she came to anchor within three hundred yards of the obstructions, in plain view of the rebel rams, picket boats, etc. The night was clear, and with a beautiful moon.
At 10:20 P. M. came up a terrific squall from northward.
The captain being apprehensive of his vessel grounding, as she was only in eight feet water, the steamer got under way and steamed a mile further out, and came to anchor in nine and a half feet water.
The vessel was to an anchor in ten minutes, the wind blowing strong from the northward, and a considerable swell, when all of a sudden a terrific explosion occurred, which lifted the vessel all of five feet, and she came down solid, and broke all of her connection pipes.
"Signal rockets were sent up, and with commendable zeal and astonishing quick time, the steamer Octorora
, Lieutenant Law (senior officer
commanding the upper fleet off Mobile
), came down to our assistance, and the wounded men were sent on board.
drew so much water that she could not approach us, so she sent the Cowslip
to our assistance.
Everything moveable was removed to the Cowslip
— guns, ammunition, powder, provisions, etc., all in good condition.
The vessel filled in fifteen minutes after the explosion.
The captain placed turpentine in different places to burn her, but as he was of opinion she could be raised, he did not set fire to her."