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16. The fleet being in line, heading N., to form it

into double column from the right, on any course from N. to E.

To form the column to the N.E.

1st Method.

Form the fleet into column of vessels from the right to the N.E, as in manouvre 13, Figs. 39 and 40, and then into double column, as in 27, Fig. 56.

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The commander-in-chief signals:

From the right of fleet, form double column fleet E.N.E. (or E.-right vessels wheel to N.E.

* This method should not be resorted to when the angle of the new course with the old is more than 45°, up to which point it will commend itself to the reader for its simplicity.

Flag-ship of van division: Division E.N.E. (or E.)right vessels wheel to N.E.

Flag-ships of centre and rear divisions signal: Division E.N.E. (or E.)

The two vessels on the right of the fleet alter course together to N.N.E.—one, the pivot-vessel, under steerage-way; two, at full speed. When the pivot-vessel finds, from the position pennant, that her consort bears from her on a line perpendicular to the given course (N.W. is the bearing in this case), she breaks the stop of compass signal N.E., when both steer N.E. at full speed. The other vessels steer E.N.E.* (or E.), three coming into column in the wake of one after she is on her course N.E., four in the wake of two, etc., etc. So soon as they come into column, the odd-numbered vessels have to slow to steerageway to enable their consorts to get on a line of bearing N. W. from them.

As each pivot-vessel is delayed in turn to enable her consort (or consorts) to get on the proper line of bearing from her, after she gets into column the vessels will be governed, in coming into column, by the speed of the fleet when the manœuvre was signalled (as by Table F).

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The commander-in-chief signals:

From the right of fleet, form double columnfleet E.N.E. (or E.-right vessels wheel to N.E.

Flag-ship of van division :-Division E.N.E. (or E.)-right vessels wheel to N.E.

Flag-ships of centre and rear divisions signal: -Division E.N.E. (or E.)

The two vessels on the right of the fleet alter course together to N.N.E., at full speed; the other vessels steer E.N.E. (or E.) (at such speed as is prescribed by Table D), three coming into column in the wake of one, four in the wake of two, etc., etc.

So soon as the column is formed to the N.N.E. (or while it is still forming) one slows to steerageway until two bears N. W. from her, when she displays the compass signal, and both she and her consort steer N.E. at full speed. The other vessels stand on N.N.E., three keeping N.E. when in the wake of one, four in the wake of two, etc.; the odd-numbered vessels* slowing successively as they come to the course, to enable their consorts to get on a line of bearing N.W. from them.

4th Method.

Form the fleet into column of vessels, from the left to the N.W. or from the right to the S.E., and then into line to the N.E. (as in manœuvre 15, Figs. 43 and 44), and afterwards into double column from the right, as in 3, Figs. 21 and 22.

It is evident that the fleet can be formed into triple column, column of fours, etc., etc., from the right, on any course from N. to E., and into double column, triple column, etc., etc., from the left, on any course from N. to W., according to the same principles.

* Or, if in column to the N.N.E., when one slows they may then slow, and enable their consorts to attain the proper bearing.

The fleet being in line, heading N., to form it into

double columns from the right of divisions, on any course from N. to E.

To form the columns to the N.E.

1st Method.

The fleet is first formed into column of vessels from the left to the N.W., or from the right to the S.E., and then into line to the N.E. (as in 15, Figs. 43 and 44), and finally into double columns from the right of divisions, as in 4, Figs. 23 and 24.

2d Method.

The fleet is first formed into columns of vessels, from the right of divisions (as in 15, Figs. 43 and 44) to the N.E., and then into double columns, as in 28, Fig. 57.

It is evident that the fleet can be formed into triple columns, columns of fours, etc., from the right of divisions, on any course from N. to E., and into double columns, triple columns, etc., etc., from the left of divisions, on any course from N. to W., according to the same principles.

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