Statistics for occurrence #1 of “European” in chapter 39 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:

...steamers were captured in endeavoring to violate the blockade. It will be noticed that the additions to the Navy comprised vessels of the most formidable kind, and far more powerful than those of European navies. It is due to history to state that this addition to the Navy was owing the energy and ability of Mr. G. V. Fox, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, who had the supervision of all improvement...
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