Prize Essay, January 1, 1904.
Motto: Commune bonum.
The navy requires the most perfect organization and administration. Sea power has been, and will continue to be, one of the greatest political factors in modern history, and, since the battle fleet is the embodiment of a nation's sea power, it follows that a nation's place among the world-powers depends largely Upon the strength of her fleet. From considerations of cost, the numerical strength of a fleet must, necessarily, be limited; and no one power, however wealthy, can aspire to the control of the sea simply through numerical superiority in battleships; therefore, each ship should be as nearly perfect as it is possible to make her. The ship will be as efficient as the organization and administration of the navy and the ability of the ship's crew will permit, and, to a large extent, the latter factor depends upon the former.