Serendipitous Ramblings

Serendipitous Ramblings



Welcome to my personal site where you will find my ramblings about all things related to naval history including stories of naval battles, historic warships and the personal stories of the men and women who have served in the world’s navies.

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Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy what you find, even if you don’t always agree with what you find. Please be aware that comments are disabled on my site as I have too little time to moderate them.

Steven Dale

History of the Cruiser (1914-1918)

In terms of the development of cruisers, especially in the Royal Navy, the First World War had an enormous impact. At the start of the war, the Royal Navy had more than 100 cruisers in service. The Germans had about 40 by comparison. However, many of these cruisers were now 10 or more years old, with 78 having been built prior to 1904. Clearly, there was a need for more modern cruisers to be quickly designed, laid down and to be ready for service.In terms of actual engagements between the British and the German cruiser fleets, it wasn’t long before battle commenced.

City Under the Sea

First of all, you may be wondering where is this ‘city under the sea’ and how did it end up there? Well, Dunwich can be found on the coast of East Anglia in England and yes, some of it is still above water. How long that will remain the case is hard to say (what with climate change and rising sea levels, plus coastal erosion it may have disappeared altogether in less than a century).