September 4, 1861
FLEETS ON THE AMERICAN COAST
commencement of hostilities between the Northern and Southern portions of this
Republic, the naval forces of England and France have gradually been receiving
accessions of strength, until at present there is a more formidable array of
modern was vessels hovering around and about our coasts.
From a list
published in the New York Herald, it appears that the British squadron, or
rather fleet, alone numbers no less than forty-two vessels, with an armament of
497 guns—some of them unequaled in point of range, power and precision—and
6,390 men. This fleet is under the
command of Sir Alexander Milne, K. C. B., an officer whose name ranks high in
naval circles, and who has already served a full term on the West India and
North American station.
The French fleet
is not so formidable in point of guns and ships, but the vessels are all new
and powerful, and are almost altogether armed with the efficient canorayees of the Emperor’s invention. The number of vessels is only five, each
carrying forty guns. Spain has also a
fleet near our coast, in the Gulf of Mexico and on the coast of Cuba. Sweden has also ordered two vessels
of war to our coast.
by Sharon Strout]