LONDON, May 4, 1909 (UPI) -- This is the question British naval authorities are debating as the result of the reported division of opinion among members of the secret naval commission as to whether the Lord Nelson type of battleship - the type that immediately preceded the Dreadnaught - is not preferable to the latter.
The commission was appointed primarily to investigate the charges made by Admiral Chas. Beresford, late commander of the channel fleet, that the British navy was unfit for war.
It is reliably reported Tuesday that the commission has found that Beresford's charge of incompetency is not warranted, but that it is giving serious consideration to the criticism of the giant ships England has been building for the last few years, 14 of which are in commission or nearing completion. It is believed that the Dreadnaught advocates will eventually win out.
English Dreadnaughts now in course of construction represent a cost of $125,000,000.
The decision against Admiral Beresford is the severest blow this most-loved of England's "sea dogs" has yet received. It blights his political future.