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 Posted: Mon Jun 1st, 2009 03:33 pm
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Until the war, and compared to New England, the South had little need for shipbuilding - at least for ocean-going vessels.

New England, on the other hand, had long depended on whalers and fisherman to bring home basic life staples. In the South, smaller boats were all that were required for oysters and crabs. Fish made annual runs up the rivers where they were easily netted and salted. There was little incentive for Southern shipyards to produce ocean-going vessels.

Also, Southern forests lacked the tall, straight white oaks required for building large ships. They tended to grow far from the coast (being long cut down nearby) and in great demand locally for buildings, railroad ties and fences.

It wasn't greed or lack of vision that denied the South it's shipyards. Merely, the basic ecnomics of supply and demand...


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