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FREE STATE BATTLEWAGON: USS MARYLAND (BB-46)

free state battlewagon uss maryland
 
 Author(s)                 
Myron J. Smith
 Publisher
Pictorial Histories Pub. 
 Date
1986
 Pages
48
 Format
pdf
 Size
53.4 Mb

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   The first of three vessels to honor the state of Maryland had the shortest career and remains the most obscure, with neither plans nor illustrations of the vessel known to exist. In the 1790s, the Congress reasoned that the merchants of America's great ports were the chief sufferers of the deprediations of corsairs and privateers and ought to be willing, therefore, to make a special contribution to the defense of the U.S. merchant marine. Thius on June 30, 1798, the lawmakers authorized the Navy to accept any warships that the merchants might care to build and donate. The plan seemed agreeable to all parties and the new naval establishment received several excellent ships as a result...

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