From the city wharves the topmasts of the steam frigate U.S.S. Niagara were barely visible beyond Morris Island. The ship had anchored in rough seas to await the Africans.
Named for the majestic waterfall and just back from the successful laying of the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable, the U.S.S. Niagara drew the curious who ventured out for a closer look at the vessel and her crew of more than 300 sailors and marines.
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