A destroyer is a lovely
ship, probably the nicest fighting ship of all.
Battleships are a little like steel cities or great factories of destruction. Aircraft carriers are floating flying fields. Even cruisers are big pieces of machinery, but a destroyer is all boat.
In the beautiful lines of her, in her speed and roughness, in curious gallantry, she is completely a ship, in the old sense.
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