THERE’S a beauty in the bellow of the blast; there’s a grandeur in the growling of the gale.” So runs a part of the historic operetta “Mikado,” and to nothing does this quotation more strictly apply than to the modem man-o’-war. A 32,000-ton superdreadnought may be but a mass of guns and steel to many a layman, but to the Navy man who knows her and lives on her, she is a distinct personality; and few pictures in the Louvre, few pieces of sculpture from ancient Greece, will, in his mind, surpass her in beauty. Warships have definite characters, to the initiated, and it is the purpose of the writer to suggest impressions he has received from the outward appearances of typical modern ships of war.
Personality Plus—In Warships
By Ensign W. A. Dyer, Jr., U. S. Naval Reserve