After the battle of Waterloo,Britain was supreme upon the Oceans of the world. For the first half of the century the Fleet consisted of wooden sailng ships,which had proven themselves over 1000s of years.However,things were about to change.There had been a lot of inventions,which were soon to be applied to improving the power of our Navy.These included-improved weapons,armour plating and most all Steam power. We were now at the begining of the " Industrial Revolution ! "
OThe EGYPTIANS had occupied most of SYRIA'S coastal ports,and our Mediterranean Fleet had been deployed to resolve this issue.The fleet,commanded by Vice Admiral Sir Robert Stopford,and his squadrons,one of which was commanded by his second in command Commodor Charles Napier on HMS Powerfull,an 84 gunner. On 10th Oct.,he defeated the Egytian army led by Ibrahim Pasha,this left ACRE the last remaing enemy stronghold.The bombardment was a complette success,and the Egyptians were driven out of the coastal towns,this success was due to the accuracy of our gun crews,which left the Egyptians firing into the air! And our crews had been trained on board the famous gunnery school, HMS EXCELLENT.This school is still at Whale Island today.
HMS RESOLUTION 1893
The 19th century had seen much progress,and at the end of it our Navy was indeed the best in the world,no one dared to challenge us at sea.The French and Spanish had long since accepted that they were no longer capable of a successful invasion,even if they combined their Fleets.But as we know things were about to change.Germany,(who had been very quiet) were building a large Fleet,with the intension of conquering the world.This will now open a new 'window' in our history.Called-20th Century.