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"In the South, smaller boats were all that were required for oysters and crabs."

"The nabobs had no inclination to build or buy their merchant ships"

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There is no question that the North, having more industry, built more ships, but the idea being advanced here that the South built none is inaccurate.

"In 1860, the South built only 236 vessels, having a total tonnage of 39,478 [average-167 tons]; while the North built 835 vessels, having a total tonnage of 173,414 [average-207 tons]."

Economic History of the South, p.281

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