DECEMBER 31ST, 1861: Flag Officer Foote wrote Assistant Secretary of Navy Fox about the delay in fitting out mortar boats: "I did say and still consider the mortar boats very defective. They are built of solid timber and when armed and manned will be awash with the deck ... all will leak more or less.
"Still I would have them fitted out, with all their defects."
Foote made excellent use of these defective boats at Island No. 10.