Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

155 Years Ago: Mallory Wants Commerce Crusiers-- Part 2

"Large ships are unnecessary for this service; our policy demands that they shall be no larger than may be sufficient to combine the requisite speed and power, a battery of one or two heavy pivot guns and two or more broadside guns, being sufficient against commerce.

"By getting small ships we can afford a greater number, an important consideration.  The character of the coasts and harbors indicate attention to the draft of water of our vessels.

"Speed in a propeller and the protection of her machinery can not be obtained upon a very light draft, but they should draw as little water as may be comparable with their efficiency otherwise."

--Old B-R'er

No comments:

Post a Comment