be presented by any hostile squadron against the corresponding portion of the fort.
This result can be obtained with little difficulty in narrow channels, as is done in most of the other works for the defence of New York, the works for Boston, Newport, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, &c., and an approximation to it is not incompatible with the defence of the broader estuaries, like the Chesapeake.
But we will suppose that there are no such points of land, in then chance of keeping him there; the escape of a single vessel being sufficient to cause the loss of our harbor.”
These remarks are based upon the supposition that we have but the single harbor of New York; whereas Portland, Portsmouth, Boston, Newport, the Delaware, the Chesapeake, Charleston, Savannah, Pensacola, Mobile, New Orleans, and numerous other places, are equally open to attack, and therefore must be equally defended, for we know not to which the enemy will direct his assaults.
f the Navy, in 1841, (Senate Doc. No. 223, 26th Congress), will afford data for an approximate calculation:--
Name of Ship.No.
of Guns.Total Cost of building, exclusive of armament, stores, &c. &c.When completed.Cost of Repairs, exclusive of ordnance, &c. &c.Repaired between
Delaware,74$543,368 001820$354,132 561827 and 1838
N. Carolina,74431,852 001825317,628 921824 and 1836
Constitution,44302,718 841797266,878 341833 and 1839
United States,44299,336 561797571,972 771821 and 1841
Returns incomplete.299,218 121825
Returns incomplete.377,665 951826 and 1838
Returns incomplete.231,013 021822
Returns incomplete.82,597 031829 and 1835
Concord,20115,325 80182872,796 221832 and 1840
Falmouth,2094,093 271827130,015 431828 and 1837
John Adams,20110,670 691829119,641 931834 and 1837
Boston,2091,973 191825189,264 371826 and 1840
St. Louis,20102,461 951828135,458 751834 and 1839
Vincennes,20111,512 791826178,094 811830 and 1838