According to the " Navy Register " for the current year, the following is the naval force of the United States :— Eleven ships ot the line, carrying eight hundred and sixty guns. Of these, three are in ordinary, four on the stocks, and one preparing for sea. The Independence, a razee, carrying fifty-four guns, is also preparing for sea. * Twelve frigates of the first and one of the second class, carrying five hundred and sixty-four guns. Of these five are in commission, four in ordinary, two on the stocks, and two preparing tor sea. Twenty-one sloops ot war, carrying four hundred and two guns. Of these, fifteen are in commission, one in ordinary, and one preparing for sea. Four brigs, carrying forty guns. Of these, three are in commission, and one of them is preparing for sea. Also, four schooners, carrying seven guns, two of which are in commission, one in ordinary, and one preparing for sea. Five steam-frigates, carrying forty guns, all in commission ; four steamers of the first class, carrying eighteen guns, two of which are in commission, one repairing, and one preparing for sea ; and seven steamers less than first class, carrying five guns, three of which are in commission, two preparing for sea, and two employed as tenders. Five store ships, carrying twenty-four guns; three of thetr. are in commission, and one .preparing for sea. This gives a total of seventy-five vessels ot all kinds, carrying two thousand and fourteen guns.
This article was originally published with the title "Navy of the United States" in Scientific American 8, 31, 243 (April 1853)