Even the King was perturbed. He called the First Lord of the Admiralty, William Clive Bridgeman, to Buckingham Palace and asked for details. Meanwhile the British public was flabbergasted by reports that there had been a "mutiny" aboard H. M. S. Royal Oak, Flagship of the First Battle Squadron of the British Mediterranean Fleet.
The truth, when it came out, was much less perturbing but more picturesque. There has been, it seems, a violent quarrel between the three superior naval officers aboard the Royal Oak, namely:
1) The presiding Rear Admiral of the Squadron, Bernard St. G. Collars;
2) The Captain of...