Third in the Lieutenant St. Vincent Halfhyde, RN, series, which highlights the first steel battleships. Back from sinking a Russian fleet off the West African coast, Halfhyde has at last risen from half-pay status but is as tactless with senior officers as ever. Now Kaiser Wilhelm hopes to build a German navy equal to Queen Victoria's. Sir Russell Savory of the Admiralty has disappeared, only to reappear in Chile with blueprints for every battleship and cruiser under construction for the British fleet--which he's holding for one million pounds ransom. Halfhyde must recover the plans before Savory reaches Berlin by way of South Africa. A mocking glint permanently stuck in his eye, the lieutenant's long journey does not end until he rams a German ship in the English Channel. Steel-jawed bravado that rises to quipping heights.