452 ENGINEERING WONDERS OF THE WORLD.
smashed and sinking, drives, by her very
momentum, close enough to make sure of her
aim. The torpedo shoots into the water on
a wave crest, twice leaps clear of the sea
before finding its depth, and then dives sud-
denly and hits the floating fort deep beneath
the armour-belt. In a moment (and for a
moment only !) all is confusion. A fountain
of water hurtles up the side of the stricken
ship, and as she shakes herself—resembling,
it seems, some vast Newfoundland dog—
her successful small foe disappears beneath
the surface, riven in pieces by a hundred
Ahead, signal lights flash out. Astern, the
hostile ships are approaching. The captain
has given all necessary instructions, and
learns that though the water-tight doors
hold all right, three compartments are flooded,
the ship has a list of eight degrees to star-
board, and she is two feet down by the head.
No matter, his friends will now look after
his foes ; and as he drives his ship at 14
knots towards the Firth of Forth, the
guns behind him tell of a night action just
beginning. As he hands over the command
to the navigating lieutenant, an intense weari-
ness overcomes him. He has joined the flag
and obeyed orders. “ Carry on, Jones,” he
says ; and he goes below to change the blood-
soaked bandage about his head and to take
a well-earned rest.
WORKING A 6-INCH QUICK-FIRING GUN.
The marines are in the “ preparing to ram ” position.
(Photo, Gale and Polden.)