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   Nautical Standard (Newspaper) - July 10, 1847, London, Middlesex                                AND STEAM NAVIGATION GAZETTE. Vol. IL-No. 26.] SATURDAY, July 10, 1847. [Peiob 6d. Editorial :- Naval. Jurisprudence ...... *,.............................. 405. New School of Naval Architecture........................ 405 Naval Architecture ..........................  Contract Mail Packet Service..........................*... 417 Royal Mail Steam Packet Company......................... 417 Latest Intblliq enc ...........,....................... 418 HEK MA J ESTY'S TH E AT RE.-The Nobility, Subscribers, and the Public, are respectfully informed, that an EXTRA NIGHT will take place on THURSDAY NEXT,July 15, 1847, on which occasion MdHe. JENNY LIND will appear in one of her favourite Characters. The entertainments in the Ballet "Department will comprise the talents of McHe. C. Grisi, McHe; Carolini Rosati, Mad. Petit Stephan, and Mdle. Cerito, M. Perrot, and M. St. JNeon. The Free List is suspended, the Public Press excepted.  Pit Tickets may be obtained as usual at the Box-office of the Theatre, price 10s. 6a. each. Applications for Boxes, Pit Stalls, and Tickets to be made at the Box-office, at the Theatre.  Doors open at Seven ' o'clock, the Opera to commence at half-past Seven. The Nautical Standard, and Steam Navigation ' GA�ette/may be had at No. 5, Catherine-Street, Strand, where advertisements are received.   Attendance -will be' given from two to four o'clock, daily. Notice.-Persons desirous of receiving the Nautical StAndabd are respectfully informed that it is forwarded by the morning mails and the earliest posts to all parts! of the country, oh payment of 6s. 6d. per quarter, 13s.! half a year, and �1 6s. a year ; or one guinea, if paid; in advance. Post office orders are to be made payable' to Mr. Thomas Dennis, and all other communications axei to be addressed,to the Editor, at the Office, Rutland! Place,'Upper Thames Street. Annual subscriptions of one guinea-in advance payable to Mr. Thomas Den-nis only, as above, are particularly recommended to the Officers of the Royal Navy. Those officers who arei on Foreign stations, as well as those who are on the1 Home Station, wilL thus, without further trouble, have their papers punctually forwarded to thejn from this office, their address being regulated by the information obtained for the columns of the Nautical Standard, as to- Ships' stations at home and abroad., ONES "GUINEA PER ANNUM, 'If paid in advance. NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS. " Q.R." will, find that he has not been neglected in our next.   ,  ringing.or ..... ^fedil t^M^Sm^ ftofaa whoio' espipally I iiyn^athyi^ani consetju^ntly fails rtp;satisfv." j We cannot agree with the Times in all this.   The Army is not discontented with its law of Court Martial, than which there cannot be a more equitable code, consistent with proper discipline; and though we should like to see Junior Officers members of the Naval Court, as in the Army, we deny tha*,, even as this Court is now constituted, it " permits the degradation of a worthy officer, and the punishment of an innocent man," or that it " affords a most dangerous facility for the gratification of petty spite, the practice of a petulant tyranny, and the exercise of a despotic power."   The Times might as well bring the like charges against any civil or criminal court in England -it is the abuse of the power of the court, and not the constitution of the court, except that like the best of institutions it is liable to abuse, that produces all the evils complained of.   Lieutenant Beanch has been acquitted-certainly the court has done its duty here, and we hope that the Admiralty will promote him.    The Master of the Lily was found guilty, according to evidence, and in: &te.rn justice has been dismissed the Service.   The court is not to blame here.   We sincerely feel for him, but he had slept on. his watch-it matters not how sick or how weary he might have been-he should have reported himself sick, and he would have been relieved from the deck.   We agree, with the Times, that an officer charged with drunkenness when he was not drunk, by a commander who is proved to bring frivolous and vexatious charges against his officers, should be favourably considered by the Admiralty ; and we think this disproval should be considered in some degree as a setoff against even the graver offence of which he has been found guilty-but the Court could only determine upon the evidence before the Court.   It is ever the practice of non-professional papers to complain of an evil in the Service without suggesting a remedy. There cannot be a better mode of checking the practice of Commanding Officers bringing frivolous, and vexatious charges, than the application to the Naval law of a provision somewhatsimilarto one which may be found in the Army Mutiny Act.   This provides that if an inferior pfficer or man shall think himself wronged by his superior officer, a court-martial shall enquire into it and do him justice? but should the complaint appear vexatious and groundless, then the complainant shall he punished at the. discretion of the said Court-Martial.   What can be fairer than this as applied to frivolous anc) vexatious charges brought by commanding officers or by any class of officers or men ?   Charges not proved may of course occur, and those who haye brought such charges not be to blame, but lelt.1^�jKndipg;.;f^�^!rctlp)9i| and vexatious" necessarily involve; the punishment of the -accuser.; Then few.wciuld, b such ^grpundleiss accusations, and Jhe tion and. adaptation of so wholesome a law. THE NEW SCHOOL OF NAVAL ARCHITECTURE. We have been favoured with the perusal of a treatise upon this subject, printed for private circulation, a summary of which we hasten to communicate to our readers. � We offer no opinion upon the merits of the work, or upon a system which has been latterly too highly patronised, either to be prejudiced by our condemnation, or benefitted by our favourable notice. The writer thus expresses himself: - " There can be no doubt that all attempts to place the fetters of mathematical science upon the free opera' tions of intuitive "'genius, have, from the building of Noah's Ark, downwards, proved vain and futile. Where is the mathematician, with his sines, tangents -his means and appliances of mathematical lumber to boot-who would stake his buoyant capabilities against the intuitive genius of the goose, or would not place more reliance upon the floating powers of a pair of inflated bladders, than all the accumulated learning of a synod of mathematicians P Who would busy himself in calculating the hour of the day by the altitude of the sun, while the parish clock stares him in the face ? Does not every school-boy, without the ancient learning of a PaulHoste, or the more modern hieroglyphics of a Bezout, know that a body, on being thrown into the water, will either sink or swim:-these are the only two conditions possible-one or the other is inevitable -is mathematical science subordinate to this result, or is it paramount to nature ? " When we see the elaborate calculations of the pseudo learned, whose professed object is the discovery of the displacement of a ship by its immersion, how are we to restrain our laughter ?   What is more palpable than the fact itself? There^ust be some degree of immersion, and, if the ship will not carry all that you want, rest satisfied with what she will.   This principle has been most beautifully carried out by the Lords of the Admiralty in a great number of instances, andf perhaps, in none more ingeniously than in the case of the Terrible.   This ship was built to carry 800 tons cf coal-she would, in fact, carry only 350 tons.  What was the course adopted by her talented builder, whose admirers and friends never suspected his intuitive talents to be tainted or perverted by any undue knowledge, of the mathematical sciences ; we ask what did this gentleman, whose science lias never been questioned?-Why he placed 350 tons in her, and she carried them-Euclid himself, or even Archimedes, could not have done more.   Again, how much do we hear about the insuring the hydrostatic stability; the computations of the meta centre, the centre of gravity , of displacement, &c. &c, an idle farrago of ..senseless termi.   What is meant by the stability of a ship ? we believe it is said to be that property by which a floating bbdy preserves a vertical positidh;  Now, every body knows, Without the aid of -theSchool of Navali Architecture, that some sliips^ill" not' stand upright,'as ihstanced'in thfe'casecof *thesSid&n, 'and others; the fact is all we want.   'Inform tile of the disease,' says   

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