USS Smith (DD-17) at anchor, 1910

USS Smith (DD-17) at anchor, 1910
Here we see USS Smith (DD-17), the lead ship of the Smith Class of destroyers, the second generation of US destroyers. These were designed as 600t ships, the real size of the 400t Bainbridge type destroyers, but emerged at nearer 900t. They were also 3ft wider and 43ft longer than the Bainbridge class. They were thus significantly larger than the first sixteen US destroyers. This side view of the Smith shows two of her main guns mounted on the main deck (aft) and foredeck (forward gun), whereas on the earlier ships they had to be mounted on raised platforms to avoid being too close to the water.
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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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (9 November 2016), USS Smith (DD-17) at anchor, 1910 ,

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