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The Speed of British Cruisers.

_____ : Instead of the swiftest of the British war cruisers being fast enough, as one might suppose, to overtake any merchant steamer afloat, there are numbers of the latter that could, so to speak, steam rings round the cruisers ; and as for a long stretch of fast work, could simply laugh at the fighting ship. The Majestic, City ! of Parish Etruria, Teutonic, and Umbria ! are of this class of merchantmen flying the red ensign, and there are numbers m the German and French, fast Atlantic lines. Another peculiarity of this question of speed of the British war cruisers ia referred to m the following extract from an English exchange, which asks ■:— Why is it that foreign Powers, such as China, Chili, or the Argentine Republic are able to obtain from the shipyards of England armed cruisers of a higher speed than we can get, either m the Government dockyards, or from ordinary shipbuilders 1 The latest specimen of the swift cruiser has just been launched at Newcastle, and is intended for Buenos Ayres, and she has a speed of 22 knots. At this rate she would out-run the swiftest of the Atlantic greyhounds, though of course they would beat her far m coal endurance at that high rate of i speed. Is it not possible that the absence of too many masters may have eomething to do with the almost uniform success of j builders m turning out steamers of high ' speed for foreign powers ? A Spanishjor [ a Chinese engineer would not make a suggestion to a British shipbuilder, ao he ia left to do his best, and the result is often excellent; but here he musb satisfy so many masters —at the Admiralty and ! elsewhere—that the result is often more than half a failure.

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The Speed of British Cruisers., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2470, 21 July 1890

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The Speed of British Cruisers. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2470, 21 July 1890

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