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2. The fleet being in line heading N., to form it into columns of vessels from the right of divisions, preserving the original direction.

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The commander-in-chief signals:

From the right of divisions, form columns of vessels-fleet N. E.-right vessels N.*

Flag-ships of divisions signal: Division N. E.right vessel N.*

The vessels on the right of divisions keep their course; the other vessels steer N. E., and come into column in the wake of their leaders.

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* Right vessels' (1, 9, and 17) distinguishing pennant must here be hoisted over compass signal N.

The commander-in-chief signals:

From the right of divisions, form columns of vessels-fleet E.-right vessels N.*

Flag-ships of divisions signal: Division E.right vessel N.*

The vessels on the right of divisions keep their course; the other vessels steer E, and come into column in the wake of their leaders.

It is evident that the fleet can be formed into columns of vessels from the left of divisions, and from the right and left of squadrons, preserving the original direction, according to the same principles.

3. The fleet being in line, heading N., to form it into double column, from the right, preserving the original direction.

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* Distinguishing pennants of 1, 9, and 17, to be hoisted over compass signal N.

The commander-in-chief signals:

From the right of fleet, form double column—fleet N. E.-right vessels N.*

Flag-ship of van division: Division N. E.right vessels* N.

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

The two vessels on the right of the fleet keep their course; the others steer N. E; the oddnumbered vessels coming into column in the wake of one, the even-numbered in the wake of two.

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The commander-in-chief signals:

From the right of fleet form double column-fleet E-right vessels N.*

* Distinguishing pennants of 1 and 2 hoisted over compass signal N.

Flag-ship of van division: Division E.-right vessels N.*

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

The two vessels on the right of the fleet keep their course; the others steer E., and come into column as before.

It is evident that the fleet can be formed into double column from the left, and into triple column, column of fours,† etc., etc., from the right and left, according to the same principles.

4. The fleet being in line, heading N., to form it into double columns, from the right of divisions, preserving the original direction.

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The commander-in-chief signals:

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From the right of divisions-form double columns -fleet N. E.-right vessels N.

* Distinguishing pennants of one and two must be hoisted over compass signal N.

In this case column of squadrons, as the divisions consist of eight vessels each, forming two squadrons.

Flag-ships of divisions signal: Division N. E. -right vessels N.

The two vessels on the right of divisions keep their course; the others steer N. E. and come into column in the wake of their leaders.

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The commander-in-chief signals:

From the right of divisions-form double column -fleet E.-right vessels N.

Flag-ships of divisions signal: Division E.right vessels N.

The two vessels on the right of divisions keep their course; the others steer E. and come into column, as before.

It is evident that the fleet can be formed into double columns from the left of divisions and into triple column, column of fours, etc., from the right and left of divisions, according to the same principles.

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