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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

Progress of the New British Warship. — The Latest Orders for 120 Vessels

Progress of the New British Warship.

The Latest Orders for 120 Vessels.

At a public gathering at Cardiff, on 27th January last, Mr. W. H. White, Director of Naval Construction, said that of the 70 ships authorised by the Naval Defence Act five years ago, 61 would be completed and ready for service by the end of March next (last month), and the remaining nine, which were only small vessels would be very far advanced.

Later cable messages from London state that the British Admiralty has issued orders for 120 new warships, to be constructed within the next six years. These include ten first-class and three second-class battle-ships, six first-class and 27 second-class cruisers, and 64 torpedo-destroyers. This does not appear to warrant the existence of assured confidence in any project of general disarmament—at least on the western side of the "Silver streak" of sea, while on the other side the Continental Powers seem so afraid of each other that instead of lessening they are increasing their forces.