April 22, 2017 Wildfire and Vestal in a Race Match, 1857 In the 1850s the British Navy was the fastest and most powerful naval force. The Illustrated London News, 27 June 1857. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.