❖ The following description of tlio Comus, which has boon ordered to look for the missing ship Knowsley Hall, is taken from the “Loudon Daily News” of Out. 23 :—“ The steel corvette Comus is to be commissioned at Sbecrness to-day, and will proceed at once to sea ‘ particular service.’ Considerable interest attaches to the new vessel, not only because she is the first war ship constructed of steel, but because she is one of a long series, all of precisely the same type. The Canada, Constance, Carysfort Cleopatra, Curacoa,. Champion, Cordelia, and Conquest, will all of them bo steel ships of similar dimensions, and may bo considered identical with the Comus. They are ujwmnrcd vessels, destined to fulfil to those winch devolved upon fmqpßgate class at the beginning of this century, and will not only take care of distant Colonies, but ensure the safety of the seas. In case of war witli a maritime power our commerce would no doubt be harassed by vessels of the Alabama type and the safety of our ships would be jeopardised in all probability by privateers lightly armed and powerfully engined, which would only light when pretty sure of a prize. It is to chock any such action on the part of an enemy that we are forming a fleet of steel corvettes, of which the Comus is the forerunner. Their spued, with the guns and stores on board, will bo, it is hoped, that of a mail steamer —namely, some 15 or 1G miles an hour ; while their armament is heavy enough to render a good account of any craft less formidable than an ironclad. Most of the cannon on board are G - pounders but each corvette will carry besides a pair of heavy guns to be used as bow or stern chasers. Of the nine steel corvettes, six are already built and fitting for sea, while the others are in course of construction at Chatham and Portsmouth. The Comus, like its consorts, is a ship of .14 guns, 2383 tonnage, and is fitted with engines of 2300 horse-power. ”
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