This article has but one object in view—to call the attention of my colleagues to a book recently published, which every naval officer interested in new designs should read, mark, learn and inwardly digest. For empiricism, snap judgment and fads, it seeks to substitute features or ideas which have stood the test of war. The author holds that what the shock of battle has shown to be good ought to be retained; what that shock has shown to be valueless ought to be rejected, whether it be the material of which ships are constructed, the battery, armor, mode of propulsion, or special weapons. And the same scrutiny is applied to the tactical notions of which the ship herself is the embodiment.
Scientific Ship Designing
By Rear Admiral Caspar F. Goodrich, U. S. Navy