England's Share in Togo's Victory.
« ~*^— Mr Archibald Hurd, writing in the " Fortnightly Kaview," remarks that " to the British people tha achievement of the Japanese flant in the great battle in the Sea of Japan is of peculiar and intimate interact. An Admiral who received his eaily professional training in England,, and who served afloat on British men-of-war, has wou the greatest naval victory in history—not excepting Trafalgar—with men ofjwav constructed almost exclusively in British shipyards, and using as weapons of defence guns and torpedoes similar to those employel by tho BritUh fleets and squadrons. Admiral Togo's chief of staff, Captain Snimauiura, like many of his colleagues, served in the British Feet, and he had the good fortune to be one of Keiv-Admiral Per/y Scott's pupila in gunn«cy. Tears ago, when Japan was adopting Western methods, she was the pupil in the naval matteis of Admiral Sir Archibald Douglas, now Commandur in Chief at Portsmouth, who was director of the Imperial Naval College at Yeddo, and had round him ft devoted band of British naval officers and men. In later years, in fact almost down to the opening of the war with China, Kear-Admiral John Ingles was lent by the Admiralty to the Japanese Government as naval advis«sr. While the Japanese authorities were shaping their systems of training and administration on British models, orders were despatched to British shipbuilding yards for men of war, and in every respect the young Navy was was given the hall-mark 'made in Great Britain.' Tin triumph of the Mikado's Fleet—small, but homogenous—surely reflects some lustre upon the British Fle&t."
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England's Share in Togo's Victory., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6667, 8 September 1905
England's Share in Togo's Victory. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6667, 8 September 1905
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