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Flag and Fleet How the British Navy Won the Freedom of the Seas   By: (1864-1947)

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THE SEA IS HIS

Thy way is in the sea, and Thy path in the great waters, and Thy footsteps are not known. Psalm LXXVII. v. 19.

The Sea is His: He made it, Black gulf and sunlit shoal From barriered bight to where the long Leagues of Atlantic roll: Small strait and ceaseless ocean He bade each one to be: The Sea is His: He made it And England keeps it free.

By pain and stress and striving Beyond the nations' ken, By vigils stern when others slept, By lives of many men; Through nights of storm, through dawnings Blacker than midnights be This sea that God created, England has kept it free.

Count me the splendid captains Who sailed with courage high To chart the perilous ways unknown Tell me where these men lie! To light a path for ships to come They moored at Dead Man's quay; The Sea is God's He made it, And these men made it free.

Oh little land of England, Oh mother of hearts too brave, Men say this trust shall pass from thee Who guardest Nelson's grave. Aye, but these braggarts yet shall learn Who'd hold the world in fee, The Sea is God's and England, England shall keep it free.

R. E. VERNĂˆDE.

[Frontispiece: VIKING MAN OF WAR.]

FLAG AND FLEET

HOW THE BRITISH NAVY WON THE FREEDOM OF THE SEAS

BY

WILLIAM WOOD

Lieutenant Colonel, Canadian Militia; Member of the Canadian Special Mission Overseas; Editor of "The Logs of the Conquest of Canada"; Author of "All Afloat: A Chronicle of Craft and Waterways"; "Elizabethan Sea Dogs: A Chronicle of Drake and his Companions"; and "The Fight for Canada: A Naval and Military Sketch."

WITH A PREFACE BY

ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET SIR DAVID BEATTY G.C.B., O.M., G.C.V.O., Etc., Etc.

TORONTO: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

OF CANADA, LTD., AT ST. MARTIN'S HOUSE

1919

COPYRIGHT, CANADA, 1919, BY

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY OF CANADA, LIMITED

To

Admiral of the Fleet

Lord Jellicoe

In token of deep admiration And in gratitude for many kindnesses during the Great War I dedicate this little book, Which, published under the auspices of The Navy League of Canada and approved by the Provincial Departments of Education, Is written for the reading of Canadian Boys and Girls

PREFACE

BY

Admiral of the Fleet Sir David Beatty, G.C.B., O.M., G.C.V.O., etc.

In acceding to the request to write a Preface for this volume I am moved by the paramount need that all the budding citizens of our great Empire should be thoroughly acquainted with the part the Navy has played in building up the greatest empire the world has ever seen.

Colonel Wood has endeavored to make plain, in a stirring and attractive manner, the value of Britain's Sea Power. To read his Flag and Fleet will ensure that the lessons of centuries of war will be learnt, and that the most important lesson of them all is this that, as an empire, we came into being by the Sea, and that we cannot exist without the Sea.

DAVID BEATTY,

2nd of June, 1919.

INTRODUCTION

Who wants to be a raw recruit for life, all thumbs and muddle mindedness? Well, that is what a boy or girl is bound to be when he or she grows up without knowing what the Royal Navy of our Motherland has done to give the British Empire birth, life, and growth, and all the freedom of the sea.

The Navy is not the whole of British sea power; for the Merchant Service is the other half. Nor is the Navy the only fighting force on which our liberty depends; for we depend upon the United Service of sea and land and air. Moreover, all our fighting forces, put together, could not have done their proper share toward building up the Empire, nor could they defend it now, unless they always had been, and are still, backed by the People as a whole, by every patriot man and woman, boy and girl.

But while it takes all sorts to make the world, and very many different sorts to make and keep our British Empire of the Free, it is quite as true to say that all our other sorts together could not have made, and cannot keep, our Empire, unless the Royal Navy had kept, and keeps today, true watch and ward over all the British highways of the sea... Continue reading book >>




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