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Warship Volume XXII (1999-2000)




CONTENTS



THE BUILDING OF NUMBERS 294 & 295: THE LAIRD RAMS

Arnold A Putnam gives an absorbing account of the build-
ing of these controversial American Civil War ships, as well
as the diplomatic manoeuvring undertaken to prevent their
delivery to the Confederacy.

THE SEA OF AZOV EXPEDITION, 1855

David K Brown shows how this relatively
small-scale but cost-effective Crimean War operation
allowed sea power to exert pressure on the Russians by
destroying food and forage.

CREATING AN INSHORE NAVY: ROYAL NAVY       LITTORAL WARFARE FORCES IN THE RUSSIAN WAR 1854-56

Continuing the Crimean theme, Antony Preston examines
the role of inshore bombardment as a decisive factor in forc-
ing the Russians to admit defeat.  It is a remarkable story of
the mass-production of a huge force in a very short time,
during a period of great technological change.

THE BATTLE OF THE YALU, 17 SEPTEMBER 1894

Peter Brook's article examines this battle of great historical
importance.  It was the first naval battle involving large fleets
of steel built warships armed with breech loading guns and
torpedoes, and marked the beginning of Japanese imperial
expansion.

FROM RIURIK TO RIURIK: RUSSIA'S ARMOURED CRUISERS

The term 'armoured cruiser' has been used to describer a great
many ships built in the 1890s and early 1900s, but this broad
designation often conceals major differences in the intended
roles of such ships.  In this article, Stephen McLaughlin
explores the changing strategic and tactical rationale of
Russian's armoured cruisers.

THE JAPANESE EXPERIMENTAL LIGHT CRUISER YÛBARI

Frido G Kip describes the light cruiser Yûbari, a Japanese
ship built to new design concepts, which sought to combine
heavy armament, adequate protection and high speed on a
much smaller hull than had previously been possible.

NAVIES IN REVIEW 1997-99

A summary of significant naval events and developments,
compiled by Antony Preston.

THE ORIGINS OF DUNKERQUE AND STRASBOURG

Dunkerque and Strasbourg were the first of the new genera-
tion of fast battleships built during the 1930s.  John Jordan
traces their development from the Washington Conference
of 1921-22 until their completion shortly before the Second
World War.

DIRE STRAITS: THE TRANSIT OF THE LOMBOK STRAIT,       SEPTEMBER 1964

Paul French describes the exercise in sea control, initiated
when the United Kingdom sent a powerful force to protect
Malaysia from Indonesia.  When HMS Victorious was sent
through the Lombok Strait, there were fears that Indonesia
might have mounted an attack by air or by sea, using Soviet-
supplied weapons.

THE STEAM GUNBOATS

In May 1940 the Royal Navy was facing an increasing threat
from German motor torpedo boats (E-boats or MTBs) and a
countermeasure, which was more effective than the existing
resources available to the coastal forces, was becoming a
necessity.  George L Moore describes one of the Royal Navy's
lesser known responses in this article.

THE BRAZILIAN IMPERIAL NAVY IRONCLADS, 1865-1874

The War of the Triple Alliance forced Brazilian administra-
tors to look for solutions similar to those developed by the
Union Navy in the American Civil War.  George A Gratz
provides a detailed study of these armoured ships and their
experiences.


NAVAL BOOKS OF THE YEAR
A review section featuring some of the latest publications on
naval history.
WARSHIP NOTES
Short articles on interesting aspects of warship history,
including a review of naval websites.
WARSHIP GALLERY
A section devoted to unusual and rare pictures, and images
of naval activity in both war and peace.



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