The destroyer escort vessel has caught the Navy’s eye. That eye is quick to detect the radical appearance of the bridge structure. Instead of the traditional pilot-house flanked by wings that constitute destroyer bridges you find a steering station resembling a conning tower with an open bridge immediately on top. This obvious conspiracy to separate the conning officer from his wheel and annunciator is instantly detected by many an indignant salt who passes quick judgment on the lack of foresight of a designer who knows so little of the sea. Many have sworn they would conn from the lower level, pacing around the outside of the steering station and passing their orders to the helm through one of the five small portholes. Others, with a good deal of escort duty under their belt, nod a quiet but very thorough approval of this typically British type of bridge.
The Case for the Open Bridge
By Lieutenant Sheldon H. Kinney, U. S. Navy