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a motive power had become established, the early side-wheelers were built,—first the Mississippi and Missouri, and later the Powhatan, Susquehanna, and Saranac.
The Powhatan and Susquehanna, at the time they were launched, in 1850, were the most efficient naval vessels afloat.
Next came the six screw-frigates, which were built in 1855, and were regarded all the world over as the model men-of-war of the period.
Of these the largest was the Niagara.
The other five, the Roanoke, Colorado, Merrimac, Minnesota, and Wabash, were vessels of a little over three thousand tons, and they carried, for their day, a powerful battery.
Again, in 1858, twelve screw-sloops of two classes were built, most of which were admirable vessels, though they were wanting, with a few exceptions, in the important quality of speed.
The first class, vessels of about two thousand tons, included the Lancaster, Hartford, Richmond, Brooklyn, and Pensacola.
The second class, of which the Pawnee and Iroquois were t