HC Deb 14 November 1912 vol 43 c2106W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he would be prepared to offer a prize commensurate with the importance of the subject for the best design of a cruiser constructed in such a way that in time of peace or when it became obsolete it could be made available for service in the mercantile marine and in time of war equipped for naval service, and giving the maximum of practical efficiency consistent with this dual function?


I am advised that the internal sub-division of the vessel necessary for a war cruiser would be quite incompatible with her profitable employment for mercantile purposes.

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