Description of Plate CXLV.
THE annexed plate exhibits a view of the Commissioner's House in the Naval Yard, Halifax. It was built during the peace before the last, while the present Deputy-Comptroller of the Navy was at the head of Halifax Yard. The following description accompanied the drawing from which the engraving has been made, and which was transmitted by our old friend and correspondent,
To the Editor of the Naval Chronicle
The enclosed view was taken from the Moorings in Halifax Harbour, south-east of the Naval Yard. The yard is on the western shore of this safe and capacious harbour, about a mile from the centre of the town of Halifax. Here our largest men of war heave down, shift their masts, and undergo every repair but that of docking, with ease and security. About a quarter of a mile higher up the harbour on the same shore, is the Naval Hospital, a large and commodious building. -Alongside the yard, under the Sheers; a line-of-battle ship is introduced; and in the fore-ground, the Commissioner’s yacht, and an Indian bark canoe.
Hoping the above sketch may be the means of your receiving more particular information on this subject, I am
Your humble servant,
July 3, 1803
Taken from The Naval Chronicle for 1804: Volume 11.
|Front View of the Commissioner's House and barn c. 1890s. Naval Historical Library, London.