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Request for Detailed Inspection of Ships Being Offered to Government for Navy

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Date April 24, 1798
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Joshua Humphreys (primary)
Summary Directs that Humphreys travel to Baltimore and examine the vessels being considered to carry 16-22 guns, the armament being six-, nine-, and twelve-pounders. Informs Humphreys of the ships in question, and asks him to report on their quality, the alterations which would be needed to outfit them for naval duty, and the lowest price their owners would sell them for.
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Related Persons/Groups Joshua Humphreys; James McHenry;
Related Places War Department; Baltimore; Maryland;
Keywords guns; spars; yards; rigging; sails; ;
Key Phrases you will be pleased with all convenient speed to depart to Baltimore in the State of Maryland and there examine such vessels as can be purchased and appear calculated to carry form 16 to 22 guns; the ship Adrian belonging to Mr. Seth Barton has been offered to the public; You will ascertain and report the age of each vessel, the exact of of its hill, masts and yards, rigging, sails and every other particular by which a judgement can be formed of her value, as well as her qualities and defects for the purposes for which they are wanted;

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