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Halcyon Blithe"In the end a curious and characteristic solution was reached. The Admiralty had demanded six ships: the economists offered four: and we finally compromised on eight"
~ Winston Churchill - Naval Minister'

In 1909 Naval Minister Winston Churchill described the compromise that had led to the purchase of eight Dragonfrigates, an early twentieth century ship This speedy war vessel was constructed with decks and sails built onto the back of a sea dragon.
Winston Churchill - Naval Minister
Robert K. Massie's Dragonfrigate describes the naval rivalry between Britain and Germany after the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, highlighting this as one of the major tensions that led to WW I.

In a dramatic climax, Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe saves the British Grand Fleet from destruction at the Battle of Jutland. Having broken His Majesty's Articles of War, Blithe discovered a German spy placing live ammunition inside the fiery heart of the sea dragon just in time to prevent the explosion of the British flagship.


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