The Japan-China War: The Naval Battle of Haiyang (Classic Reprint)

 
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The naval battle fought between the Japanese and Chinese squadrons in the Yellow Sea between the Islands of Talu and Haiyang on the 17th September, 1894, will be memorable in the annals of naval warfare, as it was the first engagement of the kind since modern warships were constructed. I ts results have been studied with the keenest interest by naval experts and the world at large as it gave them some idea of a sea fight with the great men-of-war, ordnance, and armaments which the powers of Europe and America are vying with each other to perfect on hitherto purely theoretical grounds or on trials and experiments under certain prearranged and fixed conditions. They had never been tested by actual warfare. It was, therefore, natural that the naval authorities of the various powers should be eager to note the course of the naval fight off Haiyang as it offered them a unique opportunity of testing the theories and inductions they had been acting on in the construction of their navies. But to the two belligerent powers whose fleets thus put to serious proof the productions of Western naval science, the memorable battle was of momentous importance. To Japan, at all events, it was a perfect revelation, in respect, not so much of the materiel, as of the personnel of her navy. Three or four years ago, the Japanese naval service was the object of acrimonious attacks from certain sections of Japanese Parliament and Press. The warships were declared to be defective, and the naval officers to have been selected and promoted on the strength of their clan and family connections, and not of their actual merit or capacity. These accusations were partially, if not wholly, believed to be wellfounded. Parliament refused its sanction when Vice-A dmiral Viscount Kabayama, the Naval Minister at the time, presented his programme for the enlargement of the Japanese navy. There appea
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