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94,491. In the 1400s, China owned the greatest seagoing fleet in the world, up to 3,500 ships at its peak. (The US Navy today has only 430). Some of them were five times the size of the ships being built in Europe at the time. (Navy & China) Businessinsider online
138,653. 1915: He is in charge of the largest naval force in the world … Churchill tries to convince his colleagues that Britain should take on Turkey. It is, he claims, the surest and shortest route to victory … Five weeks after the failed naval attacks an invasion force of 30,000 men heads for the Turkish coast … ‘blood and bandages all over the beach … whole regiments wiped out.’ (Churchill & World War I & Navy & Disaster & Turkey) Churchill II: The Long Grass, Channel 5 2021
28,914. There is a homely old adage which runs: ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick: you will go far’. If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far. (United States of America & Navy) Theodore Roosevelt, speech 2nd September 1901
49,233. Britain was the naval superpower with the largest fleet in the world. (Industry & Industrial Revolution & Navy & Great Britain & England & British Empire) Professor Jeremy Black, Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here, BBC 2013
49,234. The Royal Navy played a vital role in expanding the trade of the empire. (Industry & Industrial Revolution & Navy & Great Britain & England & British Empire) ibid.
59,609. The Carthaginian Empire had been built on the strength of its Navy. (Rome & Roman Empire & Empire & Navy & Carthage) Larry Lamb, Rome: The World's First Superpower II: Total War, Channel 5 2014
59,799. The Carthaginians had created a flat-pack Navy. (Rome & Roman Empire & Carthage & Navy) Professor Richard Miles, Carthage – The Roman Holocaust, Channel 4 2012
59,998. Great Britain had lost its greatest sailor. But never again would the French challenge the might of the British Navy. Napoleon no longer had a fleet he could rely on. (France & Navy) Empires: Napoleon III: The Summit of Ambition, PBS
61,708. Athens will be pitted against the greatest power of the day – the tyrannical Persian Empire in a contest spread across land and sea that will last over a decade. (Greeks & Persia & Military & Navy) Empires Special: The Greeks: Crucible of Civilisation II: Golden Age
61,709. Themistocles: a military genius of the ancient world. And Pericles: a visionary whose legacy still shapes the world today. (Greeks & Military & Navy) ibid.
61,710. Even as he ran, Pheidippides must have imagined the horror his fellow Athenians now faced. (Greeks & Military & Navy) ibid.
61,711. Themistocles convinced the Athenians to build the greatest naval force in Greece. And not a moment too soon. (Greeks & Military & Navy) ibid.
63,753. The mega-battle for the oceans involves epic clashes, daring harbour raids and covert underwater adventures that have churned the seas throughout the ages. Researchers are now discovering the naval technologies and tactics that underpinned three thousand years of man and machine waging war to dominate the oceans. (Arms & Navy) Ancient Discoveries: Mega Ocean Conquest
72,851. Can our shrinking military keep Britain safe? We ask if defence cuts have allowed Russia to move its forces ever closer to our coast. A former head of special forces dismisses the government’s key plan to replace regular soldiers with part-timers. (Defence & Military & Soldier & UK Foreign Relations) Dispatches: Britain’s Defence Squeeze, Channel 4 2015
72,852. The Royal Navy seemed to be a little short of ships. (Defence & Military & Soldier & UK Foreign Relations & Navy & Ship) ibid.
72,853. Almost as many admirals as there are warships. (Defence & Military & Soldier & UK Foreign Relations & Navy & Ship) ibid.
6,343. It is upon the navy under the good providence of God that the safety, honour and welfare of this realm do chiefly depend. Charles II
82,463. Naval tradition? Monstrous. Nothing but rum, sodomy, prayers, and the lash. Winston Churchill
82,481. Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead. David Glasgow Farragut, at the battle of Mobile Bay 5th August 1864
82,482. Heart of oak are our ships,
Heart of oak are our men:
We always are ready;
Steady, boys, steady;
We’ll fight and we’ll conquer again and again. David Garrick, Harlequin’s Invasion 1759
82,483. There are three things, young gentlemen, which you are constantly to bear in mind. Firstly, you must always implicitly obey orders, without attempting to form any opinion of your own respecting their propriety. Secondly, you must consider every man your enemy who speaks ill of your king; and thirdly, you must hate a Frenchman, as you do the devil. Horatio Lord Nelson, cited Thomas Pettigrew’s Memoirs of Vice-Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson vol II
82,484. Success, I trust – indeed have little doubt – will crown our zealous and well-meant endeavours: if not, our Country will, I believe, sooner forgive an Officer for attacking his Enemy than for letting it alone. (Navy & Enemy) Horatio Lord Nelson, viz The Dispatches and Letters of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson vol I
82,485. My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied, and, if anything happens to me recollect death is a debt we must all pay, and whether now or in a few years hence can be but of little consequence. Horatio Nelson, letter to wife 1795
82,486. Let me alone: I have yet my legs and one arm. Tell the surgeon to make haste and his instruments. I know I must lose my right arm, so the sooner it’s off the better. (Navy & Injury) Horatio Lord Nelson, after battle of Tenerife 1797
82,490. Before this time tomorrow, I shall have gained a peerage, or Westminster Abbey. (Navy & Honours) Horatio Nelson before Battle of Nile, cited Southey
82,489. In honour I gained them, and in honour I will die with them. (Navy & Honours) ibid. re his medals
82,488. England expects that every man will do his duty. ibid. Battle of Trafalgar
82,487. Kiss me, Hardy. (Navy & Kiss) ibid.
82,491. When I came to explain to them the ‘Nelson touch’, it was like an electric shock. Horatio, Lord Nelson, letter to Lady Hamilton
82,493. A fully-equipped duke costs as much to keep up as two Dreadnoughts; and dukes are just as great a terror and they last longer. (Navy & Aristocracy) David Lloyd George
82,494. Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
And you all may be Rulers of the Queen’s Navee! W S Gilbert, HMS Pinafore
31,094. Nelson was the first of his kind. He was an inspiring commander who forged a new more personal style of leadership risking his own life alongside his men he died fighting to defend his king and country. (England & Great Britain & Navy) Great Britons: Horatio Nelson, Lucy Moore
31,095. Horatio Nelson was born in 1758 in the village of Burnham Thorpe, two miles from the coast of Norfolk. (England & Great Britain & Navy) ibid.
31,096. Nelson was one of the first spin doctors of his own destiny. He was a master of self-promotion. (England & Great Britain & Navy) ibid.
31,097. The French fleet was trapped in a pincer movement ... The battle began with a vengeance. (England & Great Britain & Navy) ibid.
31,098. Back in Britain Nelson’s victory at the Nile was being celebrated. (England & Great Britain & Navy) ibid.
31,100. Britain was still at war with France, and the kingdom of Naples was a neutral power ... Sir William Hamilton and Nelson persuaded the king and queen to ally themselves with England. This was effectively a declaration of war. (England & Great Britain & Navy) ibid.
31,101. It is hard to overestimate the fear of a French invasion at this time. (England & Great Britain & Navy) ibid.
31,102. Nelson was hit by a sniper just after one o’clock; the bullet entered his shoulder, went through his lung and severed his spine. (England & Great Britain & Navy) ibid.
31,103. Nelson’s appeal endures because he combined courage with compassion; fated for his successes he never forgot the key to his glory was the loyalty of his men. He was superman and every man. The first and his kind and the prototype for all our heroes to come. (England & Great Britain & Navy) ibid.
82,495. Nelson risked all for recognition and honour. They also reveal the love affair that changed his life forever. Nelson in His Own Words, BBC 2015, caption
82,496. 1798: Horatio Nelson and his fleet of thirteen man-o’-war left Gibraltar ... His quest was to find Napoleon Bonaparte. ibid.
82,497. By the time Nelson reached Alexandria the French army had already disembarked. ibid.
82,498. Nelson began to share the burdens of command with Emma. ibid.
82,499. In less than three hours the Danes were routed. ibid.
82,500. A brilliant leader and a reckless glory-hunter. ibid.