The Royal Navy; A History from the Earliest Times to the Present Volume 7

The Royal Navy; A History from the Earliest Times to the Present Volume 7

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...service, sailed from Bermuda for England on February 1st and was never heard of again. On June '29th a reward was offered by the Admiralty for information concerning her, but it was never claimed. There were lost in the ship Captain Francis Stirling, the crew of 113 officers and men, and 170 ordinary seamen who were under training. A committee which was appointed to inquire into the vessel's efficiency reported 3 to the effect that: the A talanta was sound when she left England for the West Indies in November, 1879; she was on the whole a very stable ship, save at large angles of keel; Captain Stirling was most able and experienced; the other officers had been carefully chosen; and nothing could be more satisfactory than the character of the crew. All that is known and that bears on her fate is that storms of exceptional violence raged at that time in the part of the Atlantic which she would have had to cross. Just before her last cruise the ship had been very thoroughly repaired in the dockyards. The original estimate had been 11,000, but it had grown to 28,000. As the Atalanta had been built in 1844, and as it was estimated that a new ship of the class could be had for 36,000, it was naturally argued at the time that she was not worth so large an expenditure. From a comparison of her dimensions with those of the Eurydice--1 Straits Times in A. and N. Gazette, Nov. 8, 1879. 2 See Appendix of Ships Lost. 3 Sessional Papers, 1881. Report of Atalanta Committee. it will be seen that the Atalanta should have had considerable advantage in point of stability.1 In the same year the Eastern question once more necessitated action on the part of the great Powers. It had been decided at the Berlin Conference that Turkey should hand...show more

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  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236947134
  • 9781236947130