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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 30

The Approximate Naval Strength of the British Empire

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The Approximate Naval Strength of the British Empire.

500 Ships of War with an aggregate burden of about 1,000,000 tons, and a total of

106,000 Officers, Seamen, and Royal Marines.

The British Navy (including the Naval Forces, of course, of Australasia and India) consists of

80 Armour-plated Vessels of War, each averaging 7000 tons burden.

140 Armed Cruisers, Sloops, and Gun-boats, averaging 1300 tons burden.

160 Torpedo Vessels and Boats.

120 Armed Transports, Troop Ships, Despatch Vessels, and Tugs.

500 (At least) Fast Ocean Steamers, easily adaptable and ready at short notice as Armed Cruisers with their complement of able Officers and Seamen from the Merchant Marine.

47,000 Officers and Sailors in permanent employ.

13,000 Officers and Soldiers of the Royal Marine Artillery and Light Infantry.

22,000 Naval, Regular, and Volunteer Reserve.

24,000 Trained "British Tars" on pensions, but ready with Hearts of Oak to obey their country's call.