Engineering Volume 47

Engineering Volume 47

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...supremacy on the board. What Lord Charles meant was this. Soine people advocated putting the available capital into say five or six smaller or weaker vessels instead of one big and powerful ship. That might be right or it might be wrong; no one knew, or even would know, until the problem came to be worked out by actual war. But of one thing we were certain, that two ships were better than one, supposing the vessels were all alike. Therefore we must watch what our neighbours are doing, and build to meet their tactics, only always holding the winning hand by virtue of superior numbers. The question of speed had arisen, and Admiral Hood did not seem to attach much importance to this element in a battle-ship, saying that if she were strong in ofiensive and defensive properties, she would be independent of high speed. This, however, was far from being Lord Charles's view. He looked on speed as the equivalent of the weathergauge in the old sailing days. He gave the power of initiative a quality of the first importance. Besides, it was no good making a ship powerful in attack if she could never catch her enemy. Returning to the question of the " Admiral" design he said that his objection to these vessels was that they were "Constructors' ships." Naval oflicers think there are too many "constructors' " ships in the Navy. He did not wish to abuse the naval constructors, in fact he believed they did the best they could, but the system of designing vessels in the past had been a haphazard system. At this point Sir Nathaniel Barnaby rose and said that every drawing of the "Admirals" had been signed and passed by the naval members of the Board_of Admiralty for the time being; a statement in which he...show more

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  • Paperback | 1122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 56mm | 1,955g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236782593
  • 9781236782595