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XO Tin-: KDITOK. -Sir, —In Mr Spence’s reply in to-night's paper lie says that I imply that the slower ship ran choose the range. I meant no such thing. He said in the first instance that the two Germans would have been too much for tho Canopus. All I showed was that if the latter was the last to como into action, as he then scorned to think, then before the Germans (cui>l get her range she could have damaged them to such an extent us to render tlum more or less harmless. Ho next goes mi to give an example of Bussian shooting on tho Japanese flagship. In 1909, v- fieri I was on H.M.S. Worcester, Adimnl Togo, who also was on her when a ojy, presented the ship with a set of < : ght photos, of tho chief sea battles of that war, with tho ranges of the two (loots. In tho battle in which the Japanese flagship had her turntable jammed the opposing fleets were not more than a mi e away, so tho Bussians ought to have done some damage at tlitit range, as it would be like shooting at a barn dorr at close range. My authority for tire .-peed of the Canopus is, I suppose, the lest naval expert in England—vis., Mr Fred Jane. And the speed is in this year’s ‘ Fighting • Ships.’ In the case of the Osliabia, Mr Spence says it is not a question of good or bad gunnery; it was tho number of shells than sank her. Well, one naturally sees that if the. first two shots were sufficiently well aimed to bit her in her most vital spot it would naturally sink her. Only. [ say it was good shooting on the ..Japs’ part to get those two shells in and sink her, not the number. 1 am glad my arithmetic amuses Mr -Spence, ft is staked on the innocent hypothesis that the Germans’ 8.2 guns could only fire two rounds a minute. If he looks at my last letter he will see that I said : “On an average” they could fire two rounds a minute. That- is the usual rate- of fire, but they can do three rounds, and they have to bo more than usually quick, and then they could not keep it up for long.—f am, eta. 1). B. Hamilton. Port Chalmers. December 15.

Mr Spence replies : —(I) Your correspondent did not "imply" that the slower ship can choose the range; he practically said so. (2) There is no more from him on tho point that it takes "mighty good shooting to jam a turntable,' 1 except a little eva«ion. (3) Instead of the rauge being only a mil? when tha turntable of the Mikasa was jammed, it was actually 5,230 yards. (4) Mr Hamilton's authorilv on speeds is no longer " the Admiralty, 1 ' but Mr F. J. Jane. (5) If he looks up Jane on the rate of fire of an B.2iu gun he will find that it hj not much use arguing whether the rate is two or three a minute, nor any occasion to worry about the "average rate."

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THE WAR NOTES., Issue 15678, 17 December 1914

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THE WAR NOTES. Issue 15678, 17 December 1914

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