An Essay on Naval Tactics; Systematical and Historical, with Explanatory Plates, in Four Parts
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1827 edition. Excerpt: ... the swiftest ships to be found in the van? 153. Another reflection will naturally occur: That, by the great destruction of rigging, the consequence of this mode of attack, the nation has been thrown into a most enormous expence of repair, while our enemy, by their cautious conduct, preserving their ships often unhurt, has been enabled not only to protract the war, but, if persisted in, will, without doubt, ensure the possession, perhaps, of a superior navy, complete and entire to the conclusion. 154. Having now demonstrated, from evidence which should be satisfactory, that the mode or instructions hitherto followed for arranging great Nole by Lord Rodney.--Certainly, and a good officer wijl act accordingly. Note by a Naval Officer.--Yet officers of that day did not so act, and Lord Rodney himself should have secured the rear of the enemy's fleet on the 12th of April, instead of pursuing the van, and the victory would then have been much more complete. fleets in line, so as to be able to force an enemy to give battle on equal terms, must be somewhere wrong, it will be required to show whether any other mode may be devised, or put in practice, that will have a better effect. But, as nothing can be devised of worse consequence than what has so long and repeatedly been put in practice, an offer of any thing new, it is to be hoped, may be examined with that attention which the importance of the subject demands. By the phrase nexv, is not here meant, that what follows was never either spoke of, or thought of before; but it is surely so far new, as never to have been put in demonstration by writing; nor is there any examples of its having been put in practice in actual combat. 155. But, if the method or practice of bringing single ships into action has...
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