Motto:—"Me, me adsum qui feci. "
Associate and Honorary Fellow of King’ s College, London. When the automobile torpedo first appeared as a possible factor in naval warfare, its value, like that of the majority of new and startling inventions, was generally misapprehended. The weapon, it was at first widely believed, would not only create novel conditions, but would also render vain and useless all the ancient principles by which warlike operations at sea had been previously conducted. Large craft of all kinds—the swift light cruiser and the slow heavy battleship alike—were to go down at once before the diminutive torpedo-boat, which, besides undertaking the scouting and commerce-destroying work that was of old performed by frigates, corvettes and sloops, was to bear a conspicuous part in the defense of coasts, harbors and estuaries, to do all the duties of the dispatch vessel, to take a leading share in fleet-actions, and, in fine, to carry everything before it and to be irresistible.