compare this cost of timber for building, with that of the same item for repairs, for the following fifteen ships, between 1800 and 1820, The list would have been still farther enlarged, but the returns for other ships during some portion of the above period are imperfect:
Name of Ship.No.
of Guns.When built.Repaired fromCost.
Vengeance,74--1800 to 1807£84,720
Ildefonso,74--1807 to 180885,195
Scipio,74--1807 to 180960,785
Tremendous,74--1807 to 1810135,397
Elephant,74--1808 to 181167,0within the minimum estimate of seven years. The whole cost of timber used for hulls, masts, and yards, in building between 1800 and 1820, was £ 18,727,551; in repairs and ordinary wear and tear, £ 17,449,780; making an annual average of $4,560,158 fo voted for the sea-service, and for wear and tear, and the extraordinary expenses in building and repairing of ships, from 1800 to 1815.
Year.For the wear and tear of Ships.Ext.
Expenses for building, repairing, &c.For entire seaservice.