Another interesting narrative of a cruise in the ocean.
The armed steamer Gordon
arrived at Charleston, S. C.
, two or three days since, after a cruise of six weeks. The Mercury publishes the following memoranda relating to her voyage:
Left this pert on the morning of the 17th July, and after passing Cape Romain
was chased by a U. S. steamer, which fired one gun, but it fell short, and we got safely into a port of North Carolina
, where a supply of fuel was taken in, July 26, at 7 A. M., made a sail, which on reaching proved to be the brig Wm McGlivery
, of Bangor, Me.
, from Cardenas
with a cargo of 337 hhds. and 27 tierces of molasses.
A prize crew was placed on board, and she was taken into Hatteras Inlet. July 28, a vessel hove in sight, and nearing her we fired a gun across her bow, when she moved to, and was found to be the schooner Protector
, from Matanvas for Philadelphia
, with a cargo of fruit; she was taken in tow and carried into Hatteras Inlet. July 30, near Cape Lookout
, made a U. S. steamer about ten miles off, which was soon discovered to be making towards us; but she was left out of sight in a few hours.
Went into Beaufort
, N. C. , July 30--left August 2, and arrived at Hatteras Inlet.
A United States
man-of-war appeared off the harbor, and fired one gun. Next day went to sea, and boarded the schooner Priscilla
, or and for Baltimore
, from Curacoa, with a cargo of salt.
Same day spoke the brig Robert Kirkland
, of and for Baltimore
, from Turk's Island
. August 4th, left Ocracove Bar, and at 6 A. M. made two sails on the starboard bow--one a brig and the other a schooner.
A steamer, which came out of Hatteras Inlet, stood towards the brig and took her in tow. When the Gordon
captured the schooner, which was found to be the Henry Nutt
, master, from Key West
, for Philadelphia
, she had on board a cargo of logwood and mahogany — placed a prize crew on board, and took her into Hatteras Inlet.
On the same day, captured the schooner Sea Witch
, of and for New York, from Barncoa, Cuba
, with a cargo of fruit, which was towed safely into harbor.--August 6th, saw a brig off Hatteras Inlet, and was preparing to chase her, when a U. S. war vessel hove in sight.
On the 8th inst., started after a schooner, but she was soon discovered to be under convoy of a man-of-war, when we put about.
From the 9th to the 27th inst. the Gordon
was much of the time at sea, but saw nothing that could be made a prize of — On the 17th inst, off Moorhead city, spoke the Br. Schooner Peel
, from the Weet Indies
, for Newbern
Same day, off Cape Lookout
, spoke the Br. Schooner Lone Star
, of Halifax
, for Baltimore
; in the afternoon put into Hatteras Inlet.
On the 25th inst. made a sail, which, on nearing her, was discovered to be a U. S. frigate; and in the afternoon the Gordon
returned to Hatteras Inlet.
On the 26th inst. went to sea at 5 A. M., and spoke the Br. schooner Equator
, from Nassau
for New York.
On the 27th inst., soon after taking in a supply of fuel at Hatteras harbor, discovered about ten sell of vessels in the offing, supposed to be United States
vessels-of-war; seven of them were steamers and three sailing vessels — stood south for Ocracoke, where we put in and landed several persons.
Started immediately for Beaufort
, but it was too dark to cross the bar when it was reached, and we were compelled to run for New Inlet
, which we crossed and arrived safely at Wilmington
at 5 A. M. on Friday, and reached this port on the afternoon of the same day. When off Bull
, saw a large U. S. steamer, with a walking-beam, steering northeast, and off this bar found two vessels, not keeping up the blockade — at least, they were unable to keep out the Gordon
deserves great credit for the skill and good judgment which has characterized his management of the steamer, he having successfully run the blockade at several ports, and frequently been chased by war steamers.
, the Chief Engineer
of the Gordon
, it is unnecessary to say, stands at the head of his business, and can make a steam engine do almost anything.