Statistics for occurrence #1 of “John Ericsson” in chapter 32 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:
...erned very much in their reports by the information and opinions which they could obtain from English authorities.
They recommended three out of seventeen plans that had been submitted (one of them John Ericsson 's), but with reservations and a proviso (which was enough to frighten off any constructor) that the vessels must be a success in all respects, or else be thrown back on the hands of the contractors! ...
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