Last winter during the maneuvers off the Cuban coast, the U. S. S. Burrows had her bow twisted to port about 80 degrees and badly crushed in a collision. The extent of the damage is shown in photograph No. 1, which shows the sharp twist the stem received and how the starboard plating was torn by the blow. The port plating was so badly crushed and distorted that it had to be cut off and discarded. The bow was undercut by the blow and the forecastle deck was pulled down and to starboard by the sharp twist to the stem.
At the time of the injury the Burrows was about 20 or 25 miles off shore and, owing to the twist of the bow to port, was able to make only about 6 knots through the water without risk of straining things forward.
This injury, while not endangering the safety of the ship, effectively prevented the Burrows from taking any further part in the fleet maneuvers. Had such an injury been received during war time, the ship could not have operated with the flotilla; and had she been chased, she could not have escaped, as her speed was practically killed.