Proceedings Magazine - 1900 Vol. 26/4/96

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That the gun will always be the decisive weapon in naval combat seems to me the most natural conclusion to be derived from theoretical considerations, and such practical experiences as recent wars...



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  • Errors of Gun-Fire at Sea
    By Professor Philip Alger

    That the gun will always be the decisive weapon in naval combat seems to me the most natural conclusion to be derived from theoretical considerations, and such practical experiences as recent wars have furnished would tend to the same conclusion...

  • Our New Battleships and Armored Cruisers
    By D. W. Taylor, Naval Constructor, U. S. N.

    The six armored cruisers and five battleships for which bids were advertised to be opened on December 7, 1900, not only constitute the largest single addition to our armored ships ever advertised for at one time, but each one of these eleven...

  • The Influence of Submarine Cables Upon Military and Naval Supremacy
    By George Owen Squier, Ph. D., Captain Signal Corps, U. S. V.

    The accidental non-delivery of two cable messages from the Minister of Marine (Bormejo) to the commander-in-chief of the Spanish squadron (Cervera), at Martinique, undoubtedly largely changed the whole history of the Spanish-American war.


  • Porter's Position Verifier - An Aid to Safe Coast Navigation
    By Captain Allan H. Porter

    The instrument consists of a plane surface to which near the bottom is screwed the lowest of a system of triple parallel rules, the upper two having motion parallel to the horizontal diameter of the concentric semicircles drawn on the plane...

  • A Stretcher for Wounded on Board Ship
    By Lieut.-Commander Dennis H. Mahan, U.S. Navy

    The stretcher consists of a board 6.5 feet long, 18 inches wide and 1 1/4 inches thick, with fittings as follows: Six rope handles, three on a side, for carrying purposes; a rope strap at each end for use with a whip or hook-rope when desiring...

  • Torpedo Safety Devices
    By Emil Gathmann, Ordnance Engineer

    Various writers of note have spoken disparagingly of the use of above-water torpedo on cruisers and the larger ships in general, considering them a greater danger to vessels carrying them than to her opponent.

  • Operations in North China
    By Lieutenant W. C. Davidson, U. S. Navy

    Early in 1900, after the war in the Philippines had developed into a series of assassinations and guerrilla combats against our soldiers, the attention of the United States and the rest of the civilized world was called to a change of affairs in...

  • Discussion


    Lieutenant-Commander W. IRVING CHAMBERS, U. S. N.—The lecturer admits that warfare by diagrams is a highly unsatisfactory though excellent mental exercise,...

  • Professional Notes


    From the French of J. Depelley. Translated by Lieutenant J. Hood, U. S. N.

  • Book Review

    The Frigate Constitution.

    In giving to the public this interesting, well-written and reliable history of the most famous ship of our navy, Prof. Hollis has done a good work, and is to be congratulated. Though...

  • Bibliographic Notes



    September 1, 1900. Noiseless and Smokeless Guns. The Chinese Situation. The Story of Pekin. The Looting of Tientsin. An Anglo-German War. Chinese...

  • Special Notice.--Naval Institute Prize Essay, 1901


    A prize of one hundred dollars, with a gold medal, is offered by the Naval Institute for the best essay presented on any subject pertaining to the naval profession...

  • Officers of the Institute


    Rear-Admiral WILLIAM T. SAMPSON, U. S. Navy.



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