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Excerpt from Your Navy as a Fighting MachineThis little book is an attempt to produce an entirely non-technical handbook for the use of those who, till European war came along, did not interest themselves in naval matters. Till now a vast number ofMoreExcerpt from Your Navy as a Fighting MachineThis little book is an attempt to produce an entirely non-technical handbook for the use of those who, till European war came along, did not interest themselves in naval matters. Till now a vast number of people have taken the Navy for granted. It has existed to them much as St. Pauls Cathedral exists. To the great majority there has been no occasion to trouble about anything, save perhaps one or two of the more picturesque features of the Fleet. Now, however, after a hundred years of peace the British Navy is engaged in naval warfare and the entire situation is changed accordingly.It is true that during this past century the Navy has been engaged in various operations. In the Crimean War, for instance, two considerable fleets were employed. Both before and since our ships have bombarded forts and places, like Algiers and Alexandria, but in all the hundred years there has been no war between British fleets and the fleets of a foreign Power.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.