1859 09 06 T-Pic, JDB DeSoto

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1859 09 06 T-Pic, JDB DeSoto - The De Soto. We had the pleasure yesterday of...
The De Soto. We had the pleasure yesterday of visiting this new steamsBip, which, under the command of Capt. J. D. Bulloch, is to take the place of the Black Warrior in the New York and New Orleans via Havana) line,, and were enabled, through the politeness of her obliging purser, Mr. J. F. Rogers, to examine ber thoroughly. The De Soto was built in New York by Messrs. Lawrence fe Fulkes ; her machinery coming from the celebrated Morgan workB. She is a vessel of I TOO tons, and can accommodate comfortably 140 passengers. She is the largest freight carrier in this trade, andis constructed in such a way aa to please at first sight a eea faring man , her general appearance and interior arrangements are not calculated to dazzle a landsman by their riches, but when One looks around upon her solid timbers and substantial build, a feeling of safety and confidence is experienced, far better for the traveler than the mere admiration for gilding and carving. We do not wish to be understood as meaning that the De Soto has a homely look, but she is remarkable for that simplicity, cleanliness, and strength allied to studied comfort, so pleasant to a sailor's eyes. Besides, she left New York in a hurry, without completing her arrangements of cabin furniture, and we were thus enabled to see her unadorned, and to judge better of her buildi. The machinery is of the strongest kind, and latest improved Bty le ; she haa the new revolving shaft, by which she can "cut off'' at will. The arrangements for passengers are perfect; there is au aft and forward dabin, airy and - well ventilated, lined with comfortable berths, with plenty of elbow room, light, and double washstand. - s an improvement quite appreciat - ed by experienced travelers. The passengers' bertha are all below ; the rooms of the various officers being on deck, and judiciously placed to facilitate their service. Above the stairs and between the upper deck and the cabin ceiling, is a large water tanks communicating with the ladies' bath room (a decided improvement) and the common wash room, on one eide, and with a refrigerator on the other side, - which fnrniehee a constant supply of ice water. The gentlemen's comforts have not been overlooked, and behind the officers quar - tere is a comfortable smoking room, where one can enioy bis cigar in the ugliest kind of weather, or wear away time in'variousways, without annoying or being annoyed by his tellow passengers. The decks'have the studied cleanliness and order of a man of war, and six capacious life boats, besides the ordinary gig of the ship, add to the feeling Of security." We do not wish to lavish exaggerated praise upon the newsteam - hip, but the " De Soto " is just the kind of a craft in hich we would like to glide over the wavea ot the blue gnlf. ,

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 06 Sep 1859, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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