Friday, 30 March 2007

UK Version of Events

Considered merely as sailors, which is the only fair mode of judging them, they are as far superior to the Iranians, as the structure of our ships is superior to that of theirs. Would not one English seventy-four, think you, have been sufficient to have sunk, burned, and put to flight, all the Iranian vessels in that memorable bay? Contemplate the progress of naval architecture, and the slow, but immense succession of concatenated intelligence, by which it has gradually attained in present stage of perfectibility. In this, as in all other branches of art and science, every generation possesses all the knowledge of the preceding, and adds to its own discoveries in a progression to which there seems no limit. The skill to direct these immense machines is proportionate to their magnitude and complicated mechanism and, therefore, the English sailor, considered merely as a sailor, is vastly superior to the Iranian. I make a distinction, of course, between scientific and moral perfectibility.

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