PORTSMOUTH, England, June 24, 1911 (UP) -- The greatest war fleet the world has ever seen in which the giant United States battleship Delaware easily stood out as the most formidable craft, was reviewed here to-day by King George, the review being the closing event of coronation week.
Nearly two hundred of the world's finest sea fighters of various classes were in the lines that the royal eye surveyed. Of these England furnished 167, manned by more than 50,000 officers and sailors, who never before appeared in such perfect trim.
The crack of doomsday itself will have to be a fearsome sound if it equals the combined salute of the huge fleet as the royal yacht Albert and Victoria, with their majesties
aboard, cast off and began steaming through the long lines of fighting ships.
The review started at 2 o'clock. Hundreds of American visitors were aboard the Delaware, including John Hays Hammond, the American envoy at the coronation.
The attendance at the review was seriously cut down by the sailors' strike, the belated offer of an armistice not coming in time to save the day.
The royal family and many of the visiting royalty arrived by special train from London. The mayor, the commanders of the Portsmouth garrison and of the ships in the harbor, a guard of honor and a band of the royal marines were drawn up in the dock yard jetty to greet his majesty. Following the reading of an address of welcome and an inspection of the guard by the king the party went aboard the royal yacht.
The yacht soon cast oft, followed by the admiralty yacht Enchantress and smaller craft bearing the members of the diplomatic corps, foreign representatives, guests and newspapermen.
The United States, Germany. France, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Spain, Austria, Japan, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Chili, Argentina and China were all represented in the review. To-night the fleet will be illuminated.
Although many thousands of people went to Portsmouth to-day to witness the review, London remains crowded with visitors, and the programme for the day provides entertainment for all tastes. The opening to-day of the coronation games in connection with the festival of empire filled Crystal Palace to overflowing. The athletic contests will continue through all of next week, and the best athletes of Canada, South Africa, Australia, India and the colonies will be pitted against each other for the championships of the empire. A baseball game between picked amateur players of America and England was also a feature of this afternoon's programme.
A new invention that may transform London, and eventually all of the municipalities of the world, into cities of silence, was demonstrated for the first time to-day at the International Rubber Show in Royal Agricultural Hall. It was a rubber compound for paving, which was laid along a roadway 122 feet long and 10 feet wide. It is declared to be more lasting than any paving material now in use and to cost but little more. The demonstrations to-day proved that the material renders all ordinary street traffic practically noiseless. It is proposed to lay the rubber blocks in the vicinity of all London hospitals at an early date.