Naval Warfare: Its Ruling Principles and Practice Historically Treated

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W.H. Allen and Company, 1895 - Naval art and science - 471 pages
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Page 118 - For whilst we observe the French, they cannot make any attempt either upon ships or shore, without running a great hazard; and if we are beaten, all is exposed to their mercy.
Page 24 - ... 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.
Page 418 - No ship had been exposed to the severest fire of the enemy over forty minutes, and yet, in that brief period, as the Department will perceive by the detailed reports of the commanding officers, five of the iron-clads were wholly or partially disabled ; disabled too, as the obstructions could not be passed, in that which was most essential to our success, I mean in their armament, or power of inflicting injury by their guns.
Page 196 - 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. Daru, sit down and write.
Page 54 - ... but here I beheld the sad spectacle, more than half that gallant bulwark of the kingdom miserably shattered, hardly a vessel entire, but appearing rather so many wrecks and hulls, so cruelly had the Dutch mangled us.
Page 144 - At | past 2 pm the fire beginning ahead, I made the signal for engaging. We were then to the southward of Belleisle, and the French Admiral headmost soon after led round the Cardinals, while his rear was in action. About 4 o'clock the Formidable struck, and a little after, the Thesee and Superbe were sunk.
Page 24 - ... 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. In extremity we carry our ordnance better than we were wont, because our nether overloops are raised commonly from the water, to wit, between the lower part of the port and the sea.
Page 28 - ... Spain, which constrained them, and gave them courage to trade by force into the East and West Indies, and in Africa, in which they employ one hundred and eighty ships, and eight thousand seven hundred mariners. The success of a counsel so contrary to their wisdom that gave it, as all the wit, and all the force the Spaniards have, will hardly, if ever, recover the damage thereby received. For to repair that ruin of the Hollanders...
Page 120 - As it was, most men were in fear that the French would invade ; but I was always of another opinion ; for I always said that, whilst we had a fleet in being, they would not dare to make an attempt.

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