From the Charleston
papers, of the 13th instant, we gather the following interesting statement relative to the blockade of that port:
The steam-frigate Niagara
, which it was reported some days since was coming off this port to blockade the harbor, was first noticed off here at an early hour on Saturday by Pilot Boat No. 4
, then outside the bar, and also from the steeple of the Custom-House
The pilot boat had observed in the offing on Friday evening what appeared to be a merchant ship bound in, and which, not being in sight on Saturday, was no doubt ordered off. Towards mid-day the Niagara
disappeared, but returned off the port in the afternoon.
On Saturday Captain Robert Lockwood
, pilot in boat No. 2, (the W. Y. Leitch
,) took to sea the schr. Minnehaha
, for Baltimore
; soon after leaving which vessel outside, he made a square rigger standing in for the bar. Being anxious to board, but not liking the Niagara
, then in sight, he concluded to send his large boat into port, and take to his skiff with a trusty hand.
He reached the vessel about 7 P. M., and found her to be the British barque Hilja
, from Liverpool
, consigned to Messrs. R. Mure
& Co. The tide being too late to get her into port, he remained on board during Saturday night, his skiff being taken on deck and carefully placed away.
On Sunday morning, it being calm, he was unable to get her under way, and about half-past 8 A. M. she was boarded by a boat from the Niagara
, commanded by Lieut. R. L. May
, who informed the Captain
of the Hilja
that the port was blockaded — the rebels inside having fired on Fort Sumter
, with a garrison of less than 100 men; gave him a Yankee paper containing the latest news, and mentioned that an army of 100,000 men had landed in Louisiana
of the Hilja
informed the boarding officer that he was short of water, and requested a supply from the Niagara
, but he was informed that the frigate had less of that article than was necessary for her. The following is a copy of the endorsement of Lieut. R. L. May
on the papers of the Hilja
"Boarded May 12, and ordered off. The whole Southern coast of the United States of America
; it being blockaded.
(Signed) R. L. May
U. S. Steamship Niagara
The officer remained by the Hilja
for about twenty minutes, when he left.
The boat's crew had a revolver each in a belt attached to the waist.
left the Hilja
about 10 A. M., and reached the city in a skiff, accompanied by a valuable boat hand, who remained faithful, although appearances indicated that the boy had only to open his mouth when he might have had a passage to some other place than ‘"Dixie's Land."’
went off during the day, and will proceed to the British Provinces
The British ship Monmouth
, from Liverpool
, and the ship General Parkhill
, from the same place, were seen off the bar yesterday, and were ordered off.
The Charleston News, of Monday evening, says:
The British ship A and A, from Belfast
, having been chased unsuccessfully yesterday by the steam-frigate Niagara
, was fortunate enough to get into port this morning, having most successfully and fearlessly run the blockade.
deserves credit for the fearless manner in which he stood into the shoal part of the bar, and will have an opportunity of getting a fine freight and dispatch.
The A and A was towed into port by the steamer Gordon