Statistics for occurrence #1 of “John Lenthall” in chapter 12 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:
... fighting vessel in the world, and can whip anything afloat.
But when he returned to Washington a few days after he was laughed at by a high official, and a clever one at that: Why, man, he said, John Lenthall predicts that Ericsson's vessel will sink as soon as she is launched.
Mr. Lenthall was unquestionably high authority, but he was certainly mistaken on this occasion.
Like most others he looked...
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