An Inspection of this fine vessel will show that our Naval Authorities have well improved their time since the termination of our late war, and have profited by the costly experiments which have so advanced the great Navies of Europe.
The "Trenton" is one of the "eight sloops" recently completed, and like all modern unarmored ships of war, is intended for a commerce destroyer.
Indeed, the high speed and great weight of armor now demanded have rendered inevitable the division of ships into several classes. This, however, our own Naval Authorities were the first to recognize and to put in practice. The principal improvements in the "Trenton" are in the steam machinery and the ordnance, the former of which I am invited to write about; but that this paper may be more comprehensive I will introduce the dimensions of the hull and other data on which depends the performance of the machinery.