ew York, December 31, 1814.
I devoted the greater part of this morning to Fulton's steam machinery.
The first and most remarkable, of course, is the ship of war, which, instead of being called a frigate, is, in honor of its inventor, called a Fulton, and instead of an appropriate appellation is numbered 1; so that the mighty leviathan I went to see this morning is the Fulton, No. 1.
It is, in fact, two frigates joined together by the steam-enginery, which is placed directly in the centre, aFulton, No. 1.
It is, in fact, two frigates joined together by the steam-enginery, which is placed directly in the centre, and operates on the water that flows between them.
It has two keels and two bows, and will be rigged so as to navigate either end first.
Its sides are five feet thick, and its bulwarks will be in proportion; so that it is claimed that it will be impervious to cannon shot.
It will carry forty 32-pounders, and is intended chiefly for harbor defence.
Here you have all I know, and perhaps all the inventor yet knows, of the prospects of this strange machine.
Philadelphia, January 6, 1815.