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A Fleet in Being

Notes of Two Trips With The Channel Squadron

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Author: Rudyard Kipling
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 22,663 / 71 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69
Downloads: 355
Added to site: 2014.06.03 31561
Genre: Non-fiction

eavily through the seas the White Ensign danced; and the twin-screws gave us more kick than was pleasant. At half-past five of a peculiarly cheerless dawn we picked up the big cruiser (who had seen nothing), stayed in her company till nearly seven, and ran back to rejoin the Fleet, whom we met coming out of Lough Swilly about 1 p.m. of Thursday, the 8th. And the weather was vile. Once again we headed W.N.W. in company at an average speed of between thirteen and fourteen knots on a straightaway run of three hundred and fifty miles toward the Rockal Bank and the lonely rock that rises out of the sea there. The idea was that our enemy might have made this his rendezvous, in which case we had hope of catching him en masse.

Through that penitential day the little cruiser was disgustingly lively, but all we took aboard was spray, whereas the low-bowed battleships slugged their bluff noses into the surge and rose dripping like half-tide rocks. The Flagship might have manoeuvred like half a dozen Nels



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