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 Posted: Mon Jun 1st, 2009 06:50 pm
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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.

No one is arguing that there were none. The point here is ocean-going vessels.

"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]."

Can't play the "average" game here.  Southern shipyards could have turned out 36 riverboats (with engines made in northern foundaries) and 200 fishing boats and reach the average of 167 tons. Northern shipyards could have turned out 135 ocean-going vessels 100 riverboats and 600 fishing- and pleasure-boats and reached the average of 207 tons.

The southern states with ports -- Virginia, North and South Carolina, Alabama and New Orleans -- ought to have been able to put a fleet of merchant ships to sea. All contented themselves with complaining about the cost of relying on the north for the bulk of its shipping. I do see that a lack of vision and the hardening of brain blood-vessels due to the aristocratic dependency on slavery as a labor source and investment.

Ole

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