Tying a Fleet by a String
The Hecla is to be refitted as a cableship and to be supplied with tanks which would hold 2000 miles of cable. As a t»rpedo depot ship she has done useful service ; but she was built as a passenger and cargo steamer, and she is consequently unsuited for the purposes of war. Besides, she is far too slow to be able to keep up with the modern torpedo boat flotilla. In her new role she will accom- j pany a fleet to see m war time, paying out cable as she goes, and so enabling the commander-in-chief to be m continuous communication with the Admiralty. Commenting upon the working of a ship under such circumstances, a well-informed exchange remarks :—This arrangement will greatly hamper the commander-in-chief, but it will be good for the special correspondents, and it will ple^o the British public—so long as it kaU. A commander-in-chief of the Nelsonian type will probably, at the earliest possible moment, take care that communication shall be interrupted. Nelson would not have won Trafalgar had he been tied by a string to "Whitehall."
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Tying a Fleet by a String, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890
Tying a Fleet by a String Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890
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