The United States Steam Sloop Owanee
Introduced to Lieutenant Ker Claiborne Within a Damaged Boiler The Silver-Filmed Eye of Uncle Ahasuerus Disagreement Relating to the Newly Elected President Contents of a Carpetbag Captain Trezevant Boards His Ship
The black ship's wedge of bow split hammered-iron river from a galvanized sky. Her topmasts tilted above a spiky undergrowth of spars and shears. Smoke streamed from her single funnel off over the gray-green flatness of the East River, merging at last with the sooty pall from the thousands of other ships and homes and factories...