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CORRESPONDENCE. We do not consider ourselvesresponsible for the opinions and sentimentx of our Correspondents Siu,—This letter having been refused a place in the Times, probably through Liverpool influence, and anxious to show that my voice was at the 'tin'6 i'aIS0 in defence of Pembroke Dock Yard, I now beg a corner in your columns of our local press, for the few observa- tions I had then penned on the importance of Milford Haven, and on the Member for Liverpool's onslaught speech against the use of several of her Majesty's Dock Yards. With regard to those yards I believe it now to be quite a received opinion that Deptford and Woolwich and eventually Sheerness may be economically done away with for building purposes the two former mayv however, still be utilized as store and small craft depot?» and Sheerness as a refitting yard, but with much reduced establishments. at I also believe it is now admitted generally that great efforts are being made to have our ships of war built Iíi private yards. a There are graveaobjectiors to this, both with regard to expense and quality of work performed and the very questionable economy of it was cleaily sho itn in the abl# speech of the First Lord of the Admiralty. en The hostile feeling that appears to exist between Liverpool and Milford as rival ports of commerce -yo in a measure, account for Mr Graves's iicluding Poro- broke in his raid against our Doek Yarai, but he made a great mistake in finding fault with the shallowness of the water there-a mistake most promptly pointed out. by Mr Scourfield (ever at his post in thj House) in ad' vocating the keeping of Pembroke Yard. As this yard possesses far greater launching capqbil" ties both as to space and depth of water than any of out other Royal Dock yards, no amount of political pressure oujjht ever to succeed in getting it done away with. Mr Graves admitted tbe fact that work was done at Pembroke than at any other Yard, which is coil' firmed by the btisk and lucrative trade Messrs. Watf0 and Wimshurst are driving at Milford, in repairillx and rebuilding ships sent there even lrom London 1.111 Liverpool. This in a great measure is owing to the state °MV labour market of thia part of South Wales, happily is still free from the ruinous & slavery of Trades' Unions. I have spoken of Liverpool and Milford as rival V°x of commerce, but their approaches will bear no 0<^ parison that to Liverpool being, I may say at water, a tidal ditch winding through far outlying bac j on which have bleached the bones of many a seanJfto(i and forms a striking contrast to the bold, cliffy* 0 f0 always accessible entrance to Milford; cheery 8 cf features tbat give comfort and confidence to the 9tranfhe even in consulting his chart, and before realizing sight of them. Some few years ago, in writing about a wreck ott eastern coast of Ireland, I took the opportunity showing that the dangers which beset the navigafl0?fl(r St. George's Channel lie northwards, or after Pa99V<it Milford Haven. Since then tbe wreck cb&rt for 1 V channel shows a sad sacrifice of life and property, eu of which, as I had before observed, might have saved had Milford been the port of arrival or dep&r for those ill fated ships. t,) The oceanic position of this harbour, its pro"l' *r) ,t the great coal fields of Wales, particularly to a j quality of that fuel ior steaming purposes, the )n, ,eu f facilities now making for coaling, ti f.'le vast s •»' postal time, unquestionably p >ui< uf. the < j of Milford Haven as a general Por despatch mail steamers. I am, Sir, your obedient ae> v .t, J. L.RT STOKES, Rear A- Scotehwell, July 22d, 1868.

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