Punch,  61 (1871), 92.

Nice Names for the Navy



Essay, Drollery


Military Technology, Steamships, Nomenclature

    Given the tendency of British warships to be wrecked or otherwise meet with an accident, suggests that ship names such as 'Vigilant' and 'Thunderer' should be changed to 'Somnolent' and 'Blunderer'. Similarly, suggests names that reflect the disappointing tardiness and unreliability of the vessels.

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