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In a Conning Tower

In this short story, first published in 1891, Hugh Arnold Oakley-Forster describes a disastrous showdown between two of the most powerful sea-faring war machines of his day. First published in Murray’s Magazine, it is a cleverly conceived, fictional account of a battle between two ironclads. In Conning Tower is a prescient forecast of naval battle yet to come, told from the first person it narrates with convincing detail the disastrous outcome of the fictional battle and is a fascinating antique of maritime literature.

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