USS Hopkins (DD-6), c.1904
USS Hopkins (DD-6) was part of the first batch of sixteen destroyers ordered by the US Navy, and was the name-ship of the two-strong Hopkins class. It differed from the basic Bainbridge class by having a turtle deck forward - very clearly visible on this picture as the smooth fairing in front of the bridge. The rather flimsy bridge structure is also clear, as is the forward 3in/50 gun. Some of the crew can be seen on the central section, giving some idea of the small size of these ships. This picture dates to c.1904, and may show the Hopkins when she was used for midshipman training.
U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History, Norman Friedmann
The standard history of the development of American destroyers, from the earliest torpedo boat destroyers to the post-war fleet, and covering the massive classes of destroyers built for both World Wars. Gives the reader a good understanding of the debates that surrounded each class of destroyer and led to their individual features.
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