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The Comparison.

The undersigned, in obedience to a Resolution of the Senate,
have arrived at the point where they are directed to report on
" the comparative advantages and facilities of ports south of the
Chesapeake, for the establishment of a navy yard." Depth of
water and easy access being objects of the first consideration,
they are of opinion that the ports of Charleston, Darien, and
St. Mary's, being deficient in depth of water to permit the ent-
rance of a larger ship than a sloop of war, are unfit to compete
with the frigate harbors of Beaufort, Savannah and Brunswick.

The peference is narrowed down to one of these ; and having
duly weighed their relative pretensions, we have no hesitation in
preferring Brunswick. Beaufort must yield to her in the essen-
tial points of depth of water, easy access, and capability of de-
fence. Savannah must give way, for her easier access and
greater depth of water on the bar cannot be carried up the river
to a site safe from the sea and an enemy, and applicable to the
establishment of a navy yard.

If a frigate could but reach Cockspur island, the opinion ex-
pressed in favor of Brunswick might be recalled. Brunswick is
the most southern frigate harbor on the Atlantic seaboard.
Placed near the great outlet of the commerce of the West In-



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dies and Gulf of Mexico, her position in a state of maritime
warfare would be iiivalu;ible, since tlie navigating interests of an
enemy must pass by her door. All wiiich is respecifully sub-
uiiiicd.

M. T. WOOLSEY,
ALEXR. CLAXTON,
E. R. SHUBRICK,

December 20, 1836.






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