Battleships The First Big Guns Rare Photographs from by Philip Kaplan
By Philip Kaplan
This new addition to the pictures of struggle sequence takes as its concentration the early mammoth Gun battleships that observed improvement and deployment through the First international battle. Iconic ships similar to HMS Warspite and Malaya function amidst this pictorial background that's bound to entice enthusiasts of the sequence, and naval lovers particularly.
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On 21 October, the crew of Victory made her guns ready for action. With little wind, the ships of Nelson’s force were making just one and a half knots as they approached the French and Spanish vessels. m. when Nelson sent his “England expects” flag signal to his fleet, followed immediately by the signal “Engage the enemy more closely”. At about this time, some of the enemy ships began firing at Nelson’s warships, checking their ranges, which were already very short. As the distance continued to close, Victory was taking hits and losing crewmen.
This immediately sparked heated debate between the political parties about Britain’s defence requirements and strategic priorities—and the associated costs. Economic reform was in the air and two British battleships under construction were cancelled. Concern at the Admiralty heightened when it was learned that the Germans were in fact accelerating their battleship construction effort, while the British were cutting back theirs. It appeared that the German battleship inventory could reach near parity with the British within three years.
She served in the British fleet for many years before being relegated to the Reserve Fleet. In 1883 she was withdrawn from service and her masts and guns were stripped from her. In 1924, Warrior was put up for sale and the buyer then used her as a floating oil jetty at Pembroke Dock in Wales. A black viscious ugly customer as ever I saw, whale-like in size, and with as terrible a row of incisor teeth as ever closed on a French frigate. —Charles Dickens on HMS Warrior In the sixteenth century, before the advent of commercial fertilizer, great quantities of manure were transported by ship.