A Compendium of interesting articles about the most powerful navy in the world in 1913

Hello, I have ended up with a few left over's from pre WW1 days, which in themselves are of great interest and worthy of stand alone stories.

The first story is to show [on paper]  just how powerful the navy really was. I originally wrote the story for HMS Ganges and I have copied the file until after the first ships beginning with the letter 'G'. However, the story remains the same, namely of the sheer power of our Fleet as we entered into WW1.

COMPOSITION OF THE ROYAL NAVY IN 1913.pdf

Next comes the exciting bit, at least it was exciting to crews of those long ago days.

It is well recorded in the Admiralty that from approximately 1904, the navy enjoyed seeing the Magic Lantern Show: it had been very popular in civilian society from 1890 to 1900.  By 1908, every Port Authority Home and Abroad had a regular supply of Lantern Slides available for loan and every ship in the many Fleets had a means of showing these slides on a manual projector. Ships would land their seen slides and take loan of new unseen slides, passing them on to other ships and to other Fleet central issuing points. The sad thing today is that we know of the Catalogues and numbers of these Slides, but it would appear that the catalogues themselves have been long lost and so we do not know the subject matter on each separate slide.

LANTERN SHOW SLIDES IN 1913.pdf

It has long since worried me that trained and proven School Teachers entered the Royal Navy ONLY as CPO's, this dating from the late 19th century and ongoing to the end of WW2 when many of these Chiefs had University degrees and yet lived and messed with other CPO's who were rough diamonds.

ENTRY OF NAVAL SCHOOLMASTERS.pdf

Officers in the pre-war navy were robustly sorted and examined.

ENTRY AND EXAMINATION OF OFFICERS PRE WW1.pdf

Just a boring old look at Naval S.Forms used during and before WW1

NAVAL FORMS USED DURING AND BEFORE WW1.pdf

Rank and Command - who pulls it and and who 'cow tails' ?

RANK AND COMMAND.pdf

War Colleges and War Games were the norm in those days and Courses were arranged as required

WAR COLLEGES.pdf

And just who were the Communication Warrant Officers in 1913?

COMMUNICATION WO IN THE NAVY.pdf

An excellent guide to the understanding of the ultimate award. The Victoria Cross.

THE VICTORIA CROSS.pdf

Yet another high achievers Honour

ORDER OF THE BATH.pdf

An amazing look into the past of the long service ratings!

LSGC MEDAL AND GRATUITY.pdf

and running adjacent to this subject is this

SEAMEN PENSIONS.pdf

Next a bit of spending money PRIZE MONEY.pdf before we go off to see The King

LEVEES.pdf