THE ROYAL GEORGE.
10 THE . EDITOR. ' p . t '\; ' Sir, —I am surprised to see in your "World To-Day" of March; 6 that you perpetuate Oowper's inspired version of:,the ca.uses that led to the sinking, of the Royal George, and stigmatise the Admiral—vyho , had nothing whatever to do with it—and his crew as •' stupid." It is not perfectly well known that the Royal George foundered from the crass neglect of <t\\s ■■ Admiralty to ikeep - her., jjit prpper repair. \Sbe was anchored head - to wind, on a perfectly calm day, and was heeled, in the ordinary routine of service, to get at a plank below tlie starboard water line. .Evidence was given at the court-martial by the port admiral responsible for her last docking, that " it was difficult to find ; sound timber in her " ; various witnessed who were saved. stated on oath that her lower deck ports on the heeled-over side were a foot clear of the water'; a gunner's yeoman who was in the hold heard various great cracks, and saw the water come in from below; and the finding of the court was "that some material part of her frame gave way, which can only be accounted for by the general state of decay of her timbers.!' It is easy to understand, why the Admiralty took such parties lar care that the evidence arid .finding should not bo made public at the time; also why they refused all offers to' refloat the ship, which would not have been difficult. They dared not face the [furious indignation that would have '.burst upon them had the vessel been once more placed in dock, and,carefully made the most of Cowper's poetic, figment. Your argument as to English intelligence may be correct, but you should not cite the Royal George as evidence in favour. C. E. RUSSEL RENDLE.
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THE ROYAL GEORGE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8813, 9 March 1914
THE ROYAL GEORGE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8813, 9 March 1914
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