Naval Warfare, Its Ruling Principles and Practice Historically Treated

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W. H. Allen and Company, limited, 1899 - 471 pagini

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Pagina 241 - I deliver it unto your Honour upon the credit of a poor gentleman, that out of my ship there was shot 500 shot of demi-cannon, culverin, and demi-culverin ; and when I was furthest off in discharging any of the pieces, I was not out of the shot of their harquebus, and most times within speech one of another. And surely every man did well...
Pagina 26 - ... whosoever commands the sea commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself.
Pagina 422 - ... (overcome) the obstructions, or testing the power of the torpedoes, I was convinced that persistence in the attack would only result in the loss of the greater portion of the iron-clad fleet, and in leaving many of them inside the harbor, to fall into the hands of the enemy.
Pagina 199 - What a navy ! — what sacrifices for nothing ! — what an admiral ! All hope is gone. That Villeneuve, instead of entering the Channel, has taken refuge in Ferrol ! It is all over : he will be blockaded there.
Pagina 26 - ... in the setting up of our royal ships, the errors of other nations being far more excusable than ours. For the kings of England have for many years been at the charge to build and furnish a navy of powerful ships for their own defence, and for" the wars only ; whereas the French, the Spaniards, the Portugals, and the Hollanders (till of late) have had no proper fleet belonging to their princes or states.
Pagina 23 - Great difference I know there is, and a diverse consideration to be had, between such a country as France is, strengthened with many fortified places, and this of ours, where our ramparts are but the bodies of men.
Pagina 26 - Dunkirk with the wind at north-west, making a leeshore in all weathers; for true it is that the length of the cable is the life of the ship in all extremities; and the reason is because it makes so many bendings and waves, as the ship riding at that length is not able to stretch it, and nothing breaks that is not stretched.
Pagina 115 - ... the hopes of success if we should fight, and really may not only endanger the losing of the fleet, but at least the quiet of our country too; for if we are beaten, they, being absolute masters of the sea, will be at great liberty of doing many things they dare not attempt whilst we observe them, and are in a possibility of joining Vice- Admiral Killigrew and our ships to the westward1. If I find a possibility, I will get by them to the westward to join those ships; if not, I mean to follow the...
Pagina 26 - ... own time the shape of our English ships hath been greatly bettered. It is not long since the striking of the topmast (a wonderful ease to great ships, both at sea and...
Pagina 345 - The general complained that the fleet lay idle, while his troops were harassed and diminished by hard duty and distemper. The admiral affirmed, that his ships could not lie near enough to batter the town of Carthagena: he upbraided the general with inactivity and want of resolution to attack the fort of St. Lazar, which commanded the town, and might be taken by scalade.

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