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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

England's Friends in the Mediterranean

England's Friends in the Mediterranean.

Under the above title is an admirably instructive article in the London Graphic of 17th March, in which is narrated the condition of the fleets of the various Mediterranean Powers, whose interest and welfare naturally make them the friends of Great Britain. The writer specifies the coastal and geographical coigns of vantage which each of these Powers possesses, and narrates the diplomatic and political "reasons for friendship" with England, which must actuate each of them in the event of war. Greece, and her fleet and naval stations and harbours; Turkey, and her fleet and her various naval bases of operations; Spain, and the Spanish fleet; Austria and Italy, with their naval forces and coast advantages, all these are succinctly and graphically described, with sketches, which imply illustrate the printed descriptions. This article, and its accompanying engravings, form a valuable and timely contribution to the discussion of the war problem. Reference is made to the recently completed Italian fort of Maddalena, in the Straits of Bonifacio, between Sardinia and Corsica, now fully armed, and consequently an almost impregnable place forte for harbouring a fleet. Maddalena was occupied by Nelson in 1803 as a point d'appui, and its value in that respect is declared to be vastly greater to-day than it was then.


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