The Spanish Navy.
Notwithstanding the supposed naval weakness of Spain
, her navy is at this moment larger and more powerful than that of the United States
There are in serviceable condition 82 vessels, of which ten are ships of the line, mounting eighty-five guns each; four are frigates, rating from 32 to 42; four are corvettes, of from 16 to 30; nine are brigs, of from 10 to 20.
There are three steam frigates and five schooners, all fitted with the screw, besides three paddle-wheel frigates, eight brigs and eighteen schooners.
consists of about 14,000 sailors in active service, independent of six battalions of marines, numbering one thousand men each.
There are also nearly one hundred thousand registered fishermen, and others, who could be drafted late the service.
The squadron which the Spanish
government maintains in the Gulf of Mexico
consists of no less than twenty men-of-war of which eleven are steamers.