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The Daily Dispatch: January 29, 1862., [Electronic resource], The London times and Yankee privateers. (search)
y last. This, as far as the ships-of-war go, is the force on which they rely to contend against a navy of a thousand vessels, including 80 ships of the line, 100 powerful frigates, and swarms of smaller craft admirably built and armed. Admiral Milne's squadron alone included on the first of this month eight ships of the line, as many heavy frigates six corvettes, and eleven lighter steamers or gun-boats. A dispatch from the Admiralty could double or treble it at the shortest notice. As, but convenient ports for fitting and coaling. A steam privateer could hardly keep the sea more than ten days at a time. Our large mall packets would carry guns, and would be unassailable by any but ships of war, of which it is to be hoped Admiral Milne would soon give a good account. Then, again, the electric telegraph has no improved communications, that the first eight of a hostile sail on this side of the Atlantic would set every port and every guard ship on the alert; and supposing