Proposed American Navy.
The proposed new American scheme o naval construction, to which Mr Gladstone alluded in his speech at Chester, involves the building and completing between the present time and the close of the year 1903 of ten battleships, each of 8000 tons, and costing in all £10,000,000; eight battleships, each of 8000 tons, and costing 'in all £8,800,000 ; twelve battleships, each'of 7000 tons, and costing in all £10,600,000; five battleships, each of 6000 tons, and costing in all £3,500,000. ten armoured rams- each of 3500 tons, and costing in all £3,600,000 ; nine belted cruisers, each of 6250 tons, and consisting in all £5,940,000; four deck protected cruisers, each of 7400 tons, and costing in all £2,800,000 ; nine deck protested cruisers, each of 5400 tons; and; costing in all ' £5,040,900 ; two deck protected cruisers, each of 4000 tons, and costing in > all £820,0*00 ; and fifteen torpedo gun vessels, each of 900 tons, and costing in * all £1,500,000. The total number of ships is ninety-two, the total tonnage 438,450, and the total estimated expense of construction, £53,700,090. This means that the vesssls are at a cost, one with another, about £109 a ton. Examination of' the cost of recent British ships of equivalent classes reveals the fact that, taken all round, the outlay has been only at the rate of £59 a ton.
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Proposed American Navy., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 6552, 18 April 1890
Proposed American Navy. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 6552, 18 April 1890
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