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when it comes N., and is in column of vessels again.

It is evident that sea can be gained to the right, according to the same principles.

51. The fleet being in columns of vessels abreast, by

divisions, heading N., to gain sea to the left.

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The commander-in-chief signals:

W.
Divisional commanders signal: Division W.

Each division comes W.; the fleet (now in column of divisions with the rear or left in front) continues on this course until the commander-inchief signals N., when it resumes its original course and formation.

It is evident that sea may be gained to the right, according to the same principles.

It is also evident that a fleet in columns of vessels abreast, by squadrons, to gain sea to the right or left would be similarly maneuvred.

52. The fleet being in double column, heading N., to

gain sea to the left.

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The commander-in-chief signals:

W.
Divisional commanders signal: Division W.

All come W., and the fleet moves by the flank in this direction, until the commander-in-chief signals N., when it resumes its original direction and formation.

It is evident that a fleet in triple column, column of fours, etc., etc., would gain sea to the left or right, according to the same principles.

53. The fleet being in double columns abreast, by

divisions, to gain sea to the left.

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The commander-in-chief signals:

W.
Divisional commanders signal: Division W.

All come W., and the divisions move by the flank, until the commander-in-chief signals N., when they resume their original direction and formation.

It is evident that if the fleet were in double columns abreast, by squadrons, it would be sim

ilarly manœuvred, and if in triple columns, columns of fours, etc., etc., abreast, by divisions or squadrons, it would gain sea to the right or left, according to the same principles.

54. The fleet being in column of vessels, heading N.,

to gain sea to the front and left.

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N. W.*

* If the commander-in-chief desires to move more to the front, he signals further to the N., N. by W., or N.N. W. for instance; if more to the left, further to the W.

Each vessel, putting her helm to starboard, swings to port until heading N.W., and the fleet moves by the flank,* until the commander-in-chief signals N., when it resumes its original direction and formation.

Sea can be gained to the right and front, according to the same principles; and if in double column, triple column, etc., etc., the fleet would be similarly manoeuvred.

55. The fleet being in column of vessels abreast, by

divisions, heading N., to gain sea to the front and left.

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* Great care must be used by the vessels to maintain their line of bearing N. and S., so that when they resume their original direction they may be in the wake of their leader (or leaders).

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