The Conversion of Sailing vessels into Steamers.
--‘The Board appointed by the Secretary of the Navy
to examine the sailing ships of the Navy to determine the expediency of converting them into efficient war steamers — which has been in session for some time — have completed their report and submitted it to the Secretary
After careful and thorough examination of all the ships at the navy yards on the Atlantic coast
, they have found it inexpedient, owing to their small capacity and various other considerations, to recommend any but the following line-of-battle ships: Pennsylvania
, Columbus, Ohio
, North Carolina
, New York.
The other two--the Delaware
and New Orleans — are unfit, both in frame and planking, for this alteration.
The entire cost of converting these ships, according to their estimate, will be $3,064,000--about one-half the cost of steam frigates of the Minnesota
The Board close their report as follows: "We are, therefore, of opinion that, in view of the cost, condition, model, and general character of the vessels after their conversion, it is expedient to convert the above — named line-of-battle ships into steamers in the manner proposed; and we believe they will prove to be efficient steamships-of-war of full steam power."’