The Daily Telegraph, March 15, 1915. “Engineering War.” “Oil in Warfare. The All-Oil Battleship.”
“The Chancellor of the Exchequer was right when he said: ‘This is an engineers’ war.’ We are seeing the impress of the engineer on every phase of the stupendous struggle now in progress throughout the world. No longer is engineering a side-line. It has become the principal feature of war, so much so ‘that Eye-Witness’ has seen fit to call the present ‘the petrol war’ in the course of his recent description of the part played by mechanical traction on the Continent. To call it ‘the oil war’ would probably be more accurate since this term would also include the Fleet, so far as many of its greatest and smallest craft—as represented by super-dreadnoughts and submarines—are concerned.”
The Queen Elizabeth is one of the first “all-oil” vessels. Less cost. The chief thing is the speed in fuelling, etc., etc. A gigantic technical advance.
The transition to “internal-combustion-engined war ships” is imminent. Commercial ships are already making the transition.