Statistics for occurrence #1 of “John Laird” in chapter 51 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:
... to its neutral obligations (owing to the strong protests of Mr. Adams, Federal minister at the Court of St. James), still allowed these cruisers to escape to sea; and several ironclad rams, built by John Laird & Co., were preparing for sea, at Liverpool.
These rams would, no doubt, have escaped but for the earnest remonstrances of the American minister, who in the most emphatic manner declared to the...
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