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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

More Fast Cruisers Wanted

More Fast Cruisers Wanted.

How this safe-guarding is to be accomplished is put with great earnestness by Captain Eardley-Wilmot, from whom I have already copiously quoted. He says,—

"We still require a large addition to our fleet of fast cruisers. There will be an immense demand for them in time of war. More cruisers will be the cry of every officer in command of battle-ships, as Nelson groaned over his want of frigates. From every part of the globe will come an appeal for their presence for the protection of commerce. Our standard for battle-ships should be two to one possessed by any possible enemy. This standard must be largely increased in the case of cruisers. . . . We should have ten cruisers for every one of a possible enemy, excluding all vessels of a less speed than 16 knots."