Statistics for occurrence #1 of “John Laird” in chapter 14 of James Barnes, author of David G. Farragut, Naval Actions of 1812, Yank ee Ships and Yankee Sailors, Commodore Bainbridge , The Blockaders, and other naval and historical works, The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 6: The Navy.:

...But a blundering ferryboat ran her down, and Brazil received only an apology, for this time the Florida went to the bottom. While the Florida was building, Captain Bulloch visited the shipyard of John Laird , at Birkenhead, and arranged to build a wooden screw despatch-vessel. This ship, when it finally went into commission on the 24th of August, 1862, was the famous Alabama, and she was under the char...
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