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Discussion of Timber for Ship Masts & Spars; Discussion of Navy Yards

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CollectionPeabody Essex Museum: Josiah Fox (1763 - 1847) Letterbook Papers view image
Document Information
Date July 23, 1796
Author Name Josiah Fox (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Letter, describes timbers available for masts & spars; discusses Navy yards.
Document Format Letterbook Copy
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Josiah Fox; laborers; ;
Related Places New York; Corlair's Hook; Corlears Hook; Navy Yard; Naval Yard; ;
Keywords masts; spars; inches diameter; reasonable terms; lower end; scantling; rafts; ship; present yard; butt or lower end; large quantity of spars; ;
Key Phrases employed getting the plant out of the water; require to be well stored and protected from the weather; purchased on reasonable terms; stocked last spring with spars; anxious to be informed if I am right in my conclusion; breadth mentioned is for the plank; found about 90 of them of sufficient length; obedience to your communication; inquiry relative to the masts, spars; from the best information; find it at this season of the year impossible to procure masts of such size and length;

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