Motto: Veritas me dirigit.
Would the defence of our coast, and incidentally aggressive action, be better provided for by the expenditure of a given amount in the construction of the largest type of battleships, or in more of a smaller size?
Before proceeding with the argument it will be well to lay down some necessary definitions in order that a "wardroom" argument may be avoided and some conclusions reached. "Large" and "Small," especially in reference to battleships are certainly relative terms! Are we to consider as large a battleship of 32,000 tons displacement, or are we to think of yet larger units that are well within the realm of possibilities? What is a large battleship and conversely what is a small one?