Defining what is meant by sea power. How sea power of a country may be measured. How the British Empire was built up by her traders who carried her commerce to distant lands and established themselves in security under the armed protection of the British Navy, or in early days trusting to their own armed vessels, as in the case of the East India companies. The speaker's experiences when stationed on the Australian Station, spending many months each year among the South Sea Islands. Japan's present position, owing to her sea power, also Germany's position before the War. The advantages to a country when its trade is carried in its own ships, manned by its own people, and protected by its own vessels of war. Conditions favourable to a nation taking to sea, as in England. Canada in much the same position as the United States, with her sea traditions coming down to her from her connection with the Mother country, with few families having a member following the sea, the exception being in the maritime provinces. Duties of the Navy. Words from the Naval Discipline Act, with illustrations from history to prove their true meaning. Going back to the long struggle between Rome and Carthage to illustrate the advantages of sea power and command of the sea to a country. A brief account of key episodes in naval history over the 17th and 18th centuries. Hawke's action in Quiberon Bay in Canada in 1759. The debt that Canada owes to the British Navy, which enabled the gallant soldiers and early settlers to win Canada for the British Empire by keeping the seas open. Command of the sea in the last War. How the Navy fulfills its duty of keeping the seas open. Canada with a growing country and an ever-expanding trade, seeking markets further and further. Protecting our daily average of three million dollars worth of produce on the sea. The need to encourage a sea-spirit, or sea-consciousness throughout the Dominion, so that this ever-increasing volume of commerce may be carried in Canadian ships, built in Canadian yards, manned by Canadian seamen. How this might be done. Canada combining and forming one Empire Navy to insure that the sea shall be kept open to our commerce at all times and under all conditions. Canada providing her share. Two more naval problems of interest to Canada: finding more and more nationals in foreign parts who would benefit by the safety and prestige which can only be obtained by the periodical sight of the armed forces of the nation; in case of war between other powers, in which Canada is a neutral, she has on the West Coast many out-of-the-way harbours, islands, etc., in which a belligerent under certain circumstances might establish bases, or make use of. Some force necessary to assure that Canada's neutrality shall be respected.
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