A destroyer is a lovely ship,
probably the nicest fighting ship of all.
Battleships are a little like steel cities
or great factories of destruction
Aircraft carriers are floating flying fields.
Even cruisers are big pieces of machinery,
but a destroyer is all boat.
In the beautiful clean lines of her,
in her speed and roughness,
in her curious gallantry,
she is completely a ship,
in the old sense.

— John Steinbeck

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