A Federal gunboat.
--The Louisville Courier announces the arrival there, from Cincinnati
, of the steamer A. O. Tyler
, one of the famous "Tadpole Line," now converted into a gunboat for the use of the Lincoln Government
Says the Courier
The boat is now a perfect nondescript.
She never was a beauty.
The upper works and guards forward of the water wheel have been cut away, and she is humped up behind worse than a kangaroo.
The guards are off close to the hull, the main deck out so that the boilers rest in the hold, and a bulkhead or defence is built up all around the boat, some seven feet in height, and that converted or bozed in on the top. These bulkheads or bulwarks are first formed by oak stanchions let into the hull, and extending some seven feet above decks, planked on each side with planks about 2½ inches in thickness.
That would make the defence bullet proof, but cannon balls would shatter the miserable structure to splinters at every discharge.
The boat is pierced for ten guns--three on a side, two bow chasers, and two stern rakers.
The pilot-house is planked in, with peep holes for the pilot to gaze through at the stars and take the course of the river.
If she should ever be fully armed and manned, and then be unlucky enough to get into a fight, we think the boat will be sunk and the crew all slaughtered — We fear she will prove a slaughter house.--The hull, above the water line, is also heavily cased.