Excerpt from The Principal Navies of the World in 1898
N ow that the program of naval constructions submitted by the Government has been allowed, the English navy should feel strong enough to be able to meet with decided superiority the combined ¿eets of any two adversaries. ... Shortly after the approval of the program it became known that the Czar had allowed the sum of marks, to be distributed over three or four years, for the increase of the Russian ¿eet, in addition to the regular budget for new construo tions. This report produced considerable excitement in England and caused the British Admiralty to submit to Parliament in July last a supplement to the naval estimates. The result was that in England also marks, to be distributed over three years, were voted by a large majority, which shows how easily 'the English are aroused at the slightest menace to their naval supremacy and how well the nation has been trained to understand the importance of protecting its commerce and colonies.
The following table gives an idea of the ¿oating material now under construction and to be completed within three years at the latest, which alone is superior in power to the total German navy as it will be con stituted at the completion of the naval programme in 1903.
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