§ The number of vessels added during 1886–87, and the contemplated increase during 1887–88, are given in the following Table:—
|Cost of Ship or Vessel.||1880–87.||1887–88.||Total.|
|Partially protected ships||3||11,250||3||11,250|
§ This addition to our Fleet is abnormally great; but the Fleet previous to this increase was abnormally weak. Having therefore brought up our naval strength, so far as iron-clads and cruisers are concerned, to what is generally admitted to be requisite, we have next to consider the annual expenditure (for depreciation or wastage) necessary for the maintenance of the Fleet in that state of efficiency.