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A Manual of Naval Architecture. For the Use of Officers of the Royal Navy, Officers of the Mercantile Marine, Shipbuilders, and Shipowners

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NO one acquainted with our own and foreign navies can doubt that at the time of the establishment of the Royal Naval College at Greenwich Great Britain had been falling very much astern of other countries in the professional education of its naval officers. In the days when ships were all pretty much alike, and differed chiefly in forms and proportions, the greater progress of other navies in technical science was, perhaps, of no great moment; but in days like the present, when the sea teems with experimental ships flying the royal and mercantile flags of this country, the neglect of known principles, or the failure to discover others, may have the worst results. It was for this reason, among others, that the writer of these remarks long since joined those who pressed for the establishment of a Naval College worthy of the country and of the time, and it was doubtless for this reason also that the Government of the day—and more especially Mr. Goschen, then First Lord of the Admiralty—founded the great Naval Institution which now flourishes at Greenwich. It is there that Mr. White, the author of the work before us, has been engaged in expounding naval architecture to naval officers and other students, and it was in the performance of that important duty that he felt the need of such a work pressed upon him.

A Manual of Naval Architecture. For the Use of Officers of the Royal Navy, Officers of the Mercantile Marine, Shipbuilders, and Shipowners.

By W. H. White, Assistant Constructor, Royal Navy, &c. (London: John Murray, 1877.)

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