Punch,  37 (1859), [v–viiii].




Regular Feature, Notes, Reportage

[1] Political Summary


Military Technology, Steam-power, Cultural Geography

    Reports on the speech of John S Copley (1st Baron Lyndhurst) in the House of Lords on the deficiencies of the Royal Navy. Expressing concern at the effects of steam power on naval warfare, he observed that compared with the French, the English were deficient in steam frigates and thus unable to transport troops quickly. Stressing that the French could rapidly transport troops on steam frigates, he urged the need for fleets in the English Channel, the Mediterranean, and the West Indies, and 'a force of regular troops, capable of opposing any military force which in all probability can be landed on our shores'. (v)

[2] Notes


Exploration, Heroism, Instruments

    Anticipates an article on a new attempt to find the remains of the explorer John Franklin. Reports on how Franklin's widow devoted her 'fortune to fit out the steam ship Fox', which was staffed by Francis L McClintock. Reveals that the explorers returned with 'a great quantity of interesting relics' including Franklin's chronometer and sextant. (viii)

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