First secure the victory, then make the most of it.—Nelson
THE leading foreign navies are engaged in building a cruiser of 10,000 tons with approximately thirty-five knots speed, an armament of eight-inch guns and practically no protection. Such a vessel could be utterly destroyed by a single hit from one of her own class. A large ship of this pathetic vulnerability is manifestly an unsound proposition. Is there not some other way of meeting the situation, or of reducing the number of the objectionable class of cruisers which must be built?
An alternative has been offered by Mr. Bywater in the Scientific American of November, 1926. In this article, he condemns the treaty cruiser as a “tin-clad suicide ship” and advocates restricting the displacement of future non-capital ships to 7,000 tons and their armament to six-inch guns.