Ironclads in Action: A Sketch of Naval Warfare from 1855 to 1895, Volume 2
S. Low, Marston, 1896
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Page 85 - With no knowledge of personnel it would have been hard to say- which of the two was the stronger.
Page 184 - Captain had been last observed, although the lights of some were visible at a distance. When the day broke, the squadron was somewhat scattered, and only ten ships instead of eleven could be discerned, the Captain being the missing one.
Page 184 - Her red bow light was all this time clearly seen. Some minutes after, I again looked for her light, but it was thick with rain, and the light was no longer visible. The squalls of wind and rain were very heavy ; and the Lord Warden was kept, by the aid of the screw and...
Page 183 - I constantly watched the ship; her topsails were either close reefed or on the lap, her foresail was close up, the mainsail having been furled at 5.30 pm, but I could not see any fore and aft set. She was heeling over a good deal to starboard, with the...
Page 183 - ... the water-line, between seven inches, four inches, and even three inches. In her two turrets she carried six guns of the heaviest calibre — an armament which made her more than the equal of any other ship in the Navy, and enabled Vice-Admiral Symonds to say of her, " She is a most formidable ship, and could, I believe, by her superior armament, destroy all the broadside ships of the squadron in detail.
Page 50 - Rather than allow this, as we are not the equals of foreigners in the mechanical arts, let us have intercourse with foreign countries, learn their drill and tactics, and when we have made the nations as united as one family, we shall be able to go abroad and give lands in foreign countries to those who have distinguished themselves in battle...
Page 184 - At 2.15 am (the 7th) the gale had somewhat subsided, and the wind went round to the north-west, but without any squall ; in fact, the weather moderated, the heavy bank of clouds had passed off to the eastward, and the stars came out clear and bright ; the moon, which had given considerable light, was setting; no large ship was seen near us where the ' Captain' had been last observed, although the lights of some were visible at a distance.
Page 95 - Iii helping to put out one" of those fires I was wounded. The fire was forward, on the forecastle, and there was such a fierce fire sweeping the deck between it and the fore-barbette, that the officer whom I ordered to go and put it out declared it to be impossible to get there alive; so I had to go myself. I called for volunteers, and got...
Page 2 - ... The Legationers had to flee. The Japanese Government obtained reparation for the outrage. Count Ito was sent to Pekin to effect a permanent arrangement regarding Korea. Provoked by the leniency of China toward the Black Flags on the Tonquin frontier, France began hostilities against China. Without a previous declaration of war, the port of Kelung, in the Island of Formosa, was forcibly seized on August 6. Nine days later China declared war on France. Before this declaration a French squadron...
Page 79 - ... interfered with its internal affairs," etc. At the time of the first naval action a fleet of heavy Chinese ironclads were at sea under Admiral Ting Ju Chang, an ex-cavalry officer, appointed to the command of the northern squadron. Li Hung Chang issued an order limiting the operations of the squadron to the east of a line drawn from Wei-hai-Wei to the mouth of the Yalu. The Japanese in some way got wind of this order which all but crippled the Chinese fleet. For some time the Chinese lay inactive...