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

into columns of divisions, on any course from N. to W.

To form the columns to the N.W.

1st Method. The fleet is first formed into column of vessels from the right to the N.E., or from the left to the S.W.; then into line to the N.W., upon general signal N. W., and finally into columns of vessels from the right of divisions, as in 2, Figs. 19 and 20.

2d Method.

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The commander-in-chief signals :

From the right of divisions, form columns of ves1 selsfleet N.E. (or E.)right vessels wheel to N.W.

Flag-ships of divisions signal : Division N.E. (or E.)-right vessels wheel to N.W.

The vessels on the right of divisions steer N.N.W., seventeen under steerage-way,* nine and one at full speed; the other vessels keep N. E. (or E.) at such speed as will take them into their proper places in their respective columns (Table J). When nine finds seventeen bearing from her on a line perpendicular to the course signalled by the commander-in-chief (S.W. is the bearing in this case), she hoists the position pennant, as a guide to one, and slows to steerage-way, until one, bringing her and seventeen on this bearing, displays the position pennant, when seventeen breaks the stop of compass signal N.W., and ail the leaders of the columns come to this course at full speed. The other vessels stand on N.N.W., at full speed, until they reach the wake of the r leaders, when they steer N.W.

It is evident that the fleet can be formed into columns of vessels from the left of divisions, on

* Or nine may preserve such speed only as will enable her to keep on a line between one and seventeen.

any course from N. to E., according to the same principles.

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

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

To form the column to the N.W.

1st Method. Form the fleet into column of vessels from the right, as in 14, Figs. 41 and 42, and then into double column, as in 27, Fig. 56.

2d Method. Form the fleet into column of vessels from the right to the N.E. or from the left to the S.W., then into line to the N.W., upon general signal N.I'., and finally into double column from the right, as in 3, Figs. 21 and 22.

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The commander-in-chief signals:

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

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

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

The two vessels on the right of the fleet alter course together to N.N.W.—two, the pivot-vessel, under steerage-way, one at full speed. When two finds one bearing from her on a line perpendicular to the given course (N.E. is the bearing in this case), she breaks the stop of compass signal N.W., when both steer N. W. at full speed. The other vessels steer N.E. (or E.)—three coming into column in the wake of one, after the latter has commenced to steer N.W., four in the wake of two, etc., etc.

So soon as they come into column, the evennumbered vessels have to slow to steerage-way to enabie their consorts to get on the line of bearing N. W. from them.

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The commander-in-chief signals :

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

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

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

The two vessels on the right of the fleet alter course together to N.N.W. at full speed; the other vessels steer N.E. (or E.)--at such speed as

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