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The New Centurion: A Tale of Automatic War (Classic Reprint)
No preview available - 2017
action ahead already answer asked astern attempt barbette began better bows bridge burst Captain Centurion charge Charlemagne clear clearly close Commander course craft crew dead deck duty effect elevation enemy engines fairly fight fire fitted flash forward four French funnels gale gave gear gone hand head heavy guns hope idea Jaureguiberry keep knew Latouche Tréville least leave lieutenant light look lower Maxims means minute motion nearly night officers once passed port present prize protection quarters quickly ready round seemed seen sent shell shield ship shot side sights skipper smoke soon speed standing starboard steam stood subs sure taken telephone thing thought told took torpedo Tréhouart turned turret upper wanted ward-room watch weight whole wrecked
Page 16 - Then I looked at the enemy and saw that her colors were gone Her foremast had been shot away and had fallen all along her decks. Her great funnel had been wrecked, either by our fire or by the fall of the foremast, and her upper works had been frightfully cut up. Boats were called away and the first lieutenant boarded her, and soon we saw the white ensign flying over the tricolor.
Page 19 - AB we neared her we cast off the lines and then boarded her, with a great deal of difficulty, for she was almost out of control, and the heavy seas breaking on her sides made it dangerous work to go near her. Once on board we stood dismayed at the ruin that those brief seconds had wrought. Of the destruction of her upper works we had all seen something, but of the state of her main deck we had entertained no conception.
Page 19 - ... difficulty, for she was almost out of control, and the heavy seas breaking on her sides made it dangerous work to go near her. Once on board we stood dismayed at the ruin that those brief seconds had wrought. Of the destruction of her upper works we had all seen something, but of the state of her main-deck we had entertained no conception. She is clad all over, as you may know, with four-inch armour — not thick enough to be of the slightest use against our heavy guns, but just thick enough...
Page 1 - ... whatsoever. Even our old military masts have gone, and in their place we have two light masts, not very unlike those of a Castle liner, with three Maxims in each top, but no shields. The decks or flats along the passage between the central bulkheads in close action will hold the bulk of the ship's company, and from there the Maxims are to be fought by electric gear. " A NAVAL DUEL. In the present paper we have only the first part of the adventures of the
Page 16 - ... of was the task of watching those sights and firing as they bore. The French ironclad swept quickly past, and it was not easy to see one's mark with the bright blaze and drifting smoke of the two great guns always before one's eyes, and the reeking fumes of the cordite eddying round one every time a breech was opened. Presently there came a pause in our fire, and at that moment she vanished from my sight behind the bridge, though I now could hear the Maxims roaring like rushing water and the...
Page 16 - Engage as your guns bear,' said the tiny voice of the telephone from the conning house close to my ear. The words came, ' Fire upon the enemy,' and I fired. Her broadsides sounded at the same moment as our guns, and there was a crash and a rattle somewhere about our decks. All that I knew or could think of was the task of watching those sights and firing as they bore. The French ironclad swept quickly past, and it was not easy to see one's mark with the bright blaze and drifting smoke of the two...
Page 62 - Hard over; continue the firing,' was the word. Alas ! it was easily said, but as for the ship she was like a log, and what a time it seemed before the guns came round. At last we got ours round, and all four swept her point blank almost at the same minute. She swerved and faltered ; again the roar of the great guns and the crash and rattle of the bursting shell thundered out together. There was a shock and a hollow boom somewhere near our bows, and a great column of water spouted up, flooding everything...