"TRAINING RANGES AND LONG-RANGE FIRING." See No. 111.
Captain PERCY SCOTT, R. N.—
H. M. S. Excellent,
Trafalgar Day, October 21, 1904.
I have received from America a copy of a paper on the subject of training ranges and long-range firing read at the Naval Institute, Annapolis, by Lieutenant-Commander W. Sims, United States Navy.
Lieutenant Sims, I believe, holds the office of Director of Naval Target Practice in America, and is chief adviser to the Bureau of Ordnance on all matters connected with naval gunnery.
I wrote to America and asked how Lieutenant Sims got the post; the reply was as follows:
"The United States Bureau of Admiralty were in full belief that Lieutenant Sims had carefully studied the subject, and was thereby able to arrive at correct conclusions. They at once decided not to fool round with the cloud of opinions on file from officers who had only considered the matter incidentally, but to be guided by his advice."