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Arrival of a Federal War-Steamer At SouthamptonIllustrated London News, January 11, 1862
A correspondent writes from Southampton on Wednesday evening as follows:-"The Tuscarora, one of the new screw-corvettes built for the Federal Navy, arrived in the river this afternoon, about half-past three o'clock, from New York. She left that port on the 15th ult., and had a very rough passage across the Atlantic, and put into Fayal for coals, sailing thence eight days since. From Fayal she has had fine weather. The Tuscarora is commanded by Captain T. Augustus Craven, and her officers and crew number about 200 in all. She mounts nine heavy guns, two of them the famous 11-inch columbiads (both on pivots), six broadside guns, and a rifled Parrot gun on the forecastel. The corvette is a smart-looking vessel, of 1200 tons burden, and barque rigged. She is just built, and only arrived at New York from Philadelphia on the 9th ult. It is understood that her mission in these waters is specially to look after the Nashville, and generally to protect the interests of Federal shipping. The Nashville remains in dock, and her future movements are, of course, kept profoundly secret. She is coaled and ready for sea; and it was rumoured this morning that she was going out of dock during the day into the river; but up to this time (five p.m.) She is lying quietly in her berth. Whether she will now keep her quarters a close prisoner, keenly watched by the Tuscarora, until the conflict is over, or whether, on some favourable opportunity, she will venture to 'run the blockade' and escape, time only can determine."
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