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"Guardian" Office,

March 12. 1914. For some years past it has been realised that some recognised system in the- naming cf men-of-war is desirable. .We have had, ib is true, a class of desfcrovcrs called after rivers, such as the Wavoney, ChorweU, Boj'nc, Usk, while another dozen torpedo craft- known unofficially as the " tribals," have been named Afridi, Saracen, Mohawk, and so on. For some time past the United States Government lias named battleships after' Slaies, cruisers after towns or cities, destroyers after distinguished naval c&eors, and submarines after fish. This has undoubtedly saved a

gr^at dcrl cf confusion, Jor people, on hearing aijy particular name mentioned, know £v what type ci' ship is being rofon-d to. In Groat Britain, ho-A-evor, V.o s>'c!i r-y^oin has been

a-if"jiea u..L:i tho present time, tho c.-;i: o-juur-rti boirg thao Ihero has always b.-.i coalition rjnojg people who are not v.ell acquainted with the Navy. The battle-waiter Ti^or, for

a ship of 30.00^) tons displacement, had^ . as her predecessor a destroyor of 400; tons, wb'ilo even now "the Tigress is a destroyer of 750 tons. There was ono ( ship called the Mercury, the Romaiv name of the messenger to the -gods, while- another was the Hermes, tho self-same person in Greek mythology. .What could bo more inappropriate, moreover, than to call destroyers by such names as yiolet, Fairy, Sylvia, or Flirt?

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"Guardian" Office,, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8816, 12 March 1914

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"Guardian" Office, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8816, 12 March 1914

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