Statistics for occurrence #1 of “European” in chapter 61 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:

...t ever reaches a reputable standard, will show that we are so deficient in the elementary science of naval construction that we cannot keep pace even with the modern examples that have been set us by European powers. We can be no more exempt from war than others; indeed, our weak condition is so well understood by all the world that it only invites aggression; and, if we would not desire to rest under...
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