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Discussion of Iron, Stone Supply & Frigates

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CollectionUnited States Military Academy: Letterbook No.2 West Point 1786-90 view image
Document Information
Date April 30, 1787
Author Name William Price (primary) Location: West Point
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Discusses pig iron available for frigates; also discusses availability of stone. Two vessels drifted down river and were damaged or destroyed near Fort Montgomery.
Document Format Letterbook
Document Notes Recipient cannot be confirmed from image - letter incomplete?
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; William Price; Green; ;
Related Places West Point; Fort Montgomery; river; channel; ;
Keywords Pig iron; frigates; stone; waterways; channel; vessels; ebb tide; burnt; sank; timbers; ;
Key Phrases [not available]
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West Point April 30th 1787
Sir
I have rec'd your of 20th by Mr. Green. And have been down to look after the vessels, but could find only one, which is sunk on the edge of the channel, on the [illegible] side of the River, better than three miles from this - the others I find to be nearly opposite to fort Montgomery and I believe in [illegible] water as I cannot [hear] or [learn] of any lady that she has been since she first went down.
In answer to yours [illegible]
1st can the quantity of [illegible] in each of the freights be known.
Not certain but from the best information I can get then was between thirty and forty [illegible] just on board of the one we have found but it is very uncertain how much is on board of her now as a great quantity of it is said to have been taken away both during the War and since, And what now remains is under a great many tons of stone, or perhaps that would have been gone also, the other is said to have had much more put on board of her
2d Where [illegible] the [illegible] burnt and how deep [illegible] in the water.
The frigates were set fire to opposite to Constitution hand and being ebb tide drifted down the river One nearly as far as fort Montgomery before she burnt to the waters edge and sunk. The other one that I have found the Bottom of her lays for and after the River, upon the Edge of the Channel, the timber of her [illegible] side is to be seen at [illegible] water and the other side is about ten feet under water at the same time. Owning to her listing of as the Edge of the Channel runs [illegible] the stern port when the [illegible] at low water there is about [illegible] [illegible] feet.
3d Supposing there to be a quantity of pig iron now Remaining in the bottom of the freight [illegible] [illegible] be the expenses per ton in getting it [illegible]. If [illegible]