A vision of the by-gone the sloop-of-war Portsmouth of the old navy
Here is a sight the like of which never will be seen again — the U. S. sloop-of-war Portsmouth at anchor and drying out her sails.
An honorable record did this old corvette leave behind her. Of the type of vessel that had fought in the War of 1812, she had gone through the Mexican War, and had chased and captured many a slaver.
But a year or so ago, she was still afloat as the training-ship of the New Jersey state militia.
She has every sail up except her head-sails and studding sails.
As can be seen at a glance, she was a very lofty craft, and though clewed up, she has her sky-sails, her royals, her topgallant-sails, her topsails, set on every mast.
Excellent, whether sailing, steering, working, scudding, lying to, or riding at anchor in a seaway, she sometimes got her sternboard in stays.
With this single exception, reported Commander Armstrong, she possesses the finest qualities of any ship