The Nineteenth Century and After Volume 63

The Nineteenth Century and After Volume 63

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: repeat what was then said, but it is important to summarise the recent history of the subject and to make the present position clear. At the close of the last century the annual expenditure on repairs and maintenance stood at nearly 2 millions: it approached 2%; millions in 1901-2. These amounts were found to be inadequate; repairs fell into arrear. Lord Selborne grappled with the difficulty, called in the aid of private firms, spent over 7 millions in the two following financial years, and provided nearly 4 millions in the Estimates for 1904--5, declaring in his Explanatory Statement of February 1905 that he did not ' believe the Fleet has ever been in a more perfect state of repair than it is at the present moment.' This satisfactory condition of things did not continue. At the end of 1904 the ' scrapping ' policy was adopted. The expenditure on repairs and maintenance in 1904--5 was 321,000l. less than the provision which had been thought necessary by Lord Selborne when the Estimates were framed. A general impression was produced in the public mind that this large reduction in expenditure on repairs as compared with the original provision was a consequence of getting rid of useless ships. The facts were quite otherwise, and were shown to be so by the writer in the article above mentioned. Not as much as 100,000l. was claimed by Admiralty representatives, when challenged in the House of Commons, as the saving on repairs and 'maintenance resulting from ' scrapping ' ships. While claims to considerable savings were put forward it was admitted that even an approximate estimate of the real savings produced by striking ships off the Navy List had not been made. In 1905-6 the provision for repairs...
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  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 862g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236767691
  • 9781236767691