HC Deb 01 April 1912 vol 36 cc851-2

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he entertains any fear of confusion arising in Admiralty signals and dispatches between the name of His Majesty's Ship "Chatham" and the port of Chatham; if he does not entertain the fear about Chatham, is he of opinion that if a ship was named Plymouth it might cause confusion on account of the port of Plymouth; and, if he is not of such opinion, will he consider naming one of the new cruisers Plymouth?


I do not entertain any fear of serious confusion arising in the transmission of service orders, but I am disposed to think that minor inconveniences may result, as the address may be occasionally misread. For this reason I am not prepared to extend further the use of the names of naval ports as names of His Majesty's ships.

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