The City of the Czar; Or, a Visit to St. Petersburg, in the Winter of 1829-30 Volume 1

The City of the Czar; Or, a Visit to St. Petersburg, in the Winter of 1829-30 Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...in that quarter. They are building ships, for which their country produces every requisite material; and, if the language of individuals may be any clew to the intentions of their government, (though less here than in any ' other country, ) it would seem that they are preparing to take a high hand in the affairs of Turkey. The truth is, that their navy cannot be an object of jealousy to us in its present state: no complaint is to be made of their ships, which are undeniably good, if they were well manned; but how can they pretend to have good sailors? The Russian fleet is laid up in winter quarters during eight months of the year, under the forts of' Cronstadt; and having no other field for nautical manoeuvres than two confined seas, which are mere lakes when compared with the great ocean, --I mean, the Baltic and the Black Sea, --how slow must be their progress in forming experienced seamen! The present generation of the-Russian crews must become superannuated and wornout before they can acquire half the experience of a common English sailor who is still in the prime of life. Many English officers have, from time to time, entered the Russian service, and it is not too much to suppose that their assistance may have contributed to its present improved state; but when I hear the Russians boast of their naval preponderance, -I rather look upon it as an assertion of what they wish to be, than what they are, or are likely to be, when opposed to us. Seven years have passed since these remarks' were written, and Russia has not been idle in the interval. Among other improvements, her navy has made considerable progress both in tactics and in force. Her fleet now, without counting that in the Black Sea, amounts, according to...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236811941
  • 9781236811943