Description of Frigate Construction & Contracts, and of Foreign Affairs Relating to Algiers & France

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Date April 7, 1797
Author Name Josiah Fox (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name William Pennock (primary) Location: Norfolk
Summary Letter, discusses Frigate for Dey of Algiers; discusses Foreign Affairs; alludes to Quasi War with France; discusses Norfolk re shipbuilding; discusses contracting Frigates; describes terms of Frigate building at Portsmouth.
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Related Persons/Groups William Pennock; Josiah Fox; Capt. Boush; Dey of Algiers; ;
Related Places Norfolk; Philadelphia; Portsmo. (N.H.); [Portsmouth, New Hampshire]; Norfolk; suitable place in every other respect for a business of that nature; United States; France; Algiers; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; ;
Keywords information relative to the price of white oak and yellow pine; intention of the officers of government to get two or 3 frigates built if congress will make the necessary appropriations; terms of contract for building a frigate of 500 tons to mount 36 guns; hull to be completed and launched in 10 months with a complete sett of masts and yards; carver, joiners and blacksmiths work together with the builder; every part of the materials can be had at Norfolk on as easy or easier terms; ships which government may build in future I expect will be conformable in their dimensions to ships of the same class in the British navy; mainmast of timber; large evergreen ships; price of such small materials will be also proportionate to the readiness with which they may be procured; price of materials at Portsmo. (n.H.); price of labour and materials in the port of norfolk; probable the United States may have a call for more ships of war to be built by contract should a war with France take place; privateers of that nation continue their depredations on the commerce of this country; anxious to offer my service to government to build ships of war suitable for this service; rivers; absent on public business a great part of last year to the eastward parts of the Union and not returning until the winter season had set in; reason of my not writing to you before; inspect into the navy yards used to contract for a frigate to be built for the Dey of Algiers; accomplished at Portsmouth in New Hampshire; frigate Crescent; ;
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