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London:

Printed by A. Spottiswoodi,

New- Street- Square.

THE PAST AND FUTURE

OF THE

BRITISH NAVY.

INTRODUCTION.

A Few words, not as preface, for that, no one would read; but, to explain the writer's views as to the paramount necessity of proportioning and adapting our naval organisation to the new era which has commenced in maritime affairs.

I do not allude to those changes, alone, which steam will make, though the introduction of that power will accelerate the operations of war almost as much as it has of travelling; but to the improvements both in the nature and use of naval ordnance,—improvements, which competent judges consider will make future actions at sea far more decisive and destructive than any thing we have heretofore experienced, or can

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