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pellers months ago, with which the scattered navy of the United States, engaged in the blockade, could, one by one, have been captured or sunk. With the immense iron factories in the South, and the railroad and water facilities for transporting iron plating, we do not see why such vessels had not been made and fitted out at New Orleans. Two such vessels starting from that point could easily capture the blockaders off the Mississippi first, then visit and bag those off Mobile, Galveston, Apalachicola, Fernandina, Savannah, and Charleston. And by having a large surplus force of men on board, and adding the captured vessels to their force, manned by these men, by the time they would be ready to leave Charleston, where they might refit and repair damages in a short time, the fleet would be strong enough to cope with any that old Abe might send out. Besides breaking the blockade, it would forever stop the marauding expeditious which now threaten our coasts. If iron clad steamers are imp