The First Destroyers

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Naval Institute Press, 1996 - History - 128 pages
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A fascinating collection of information on the early development of the British torpedo boat destroyers up to the River class of 1900.

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One of the best books read to date on the turtleback destroyers of the Royal Navy. The book from the preview is excellently written and extremely factual.
This book is a must have for anyone
writing on the early British destroyers as it will fill in the gapps in period references.

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About the author (1996)

David Lyon spent his working life at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, where for over twenty years he looked after the huge ships' plans collection before becoming Curator of Naval Ordnance, then Head of Enquiries and finally Chief of Research of the Maritime Information Centre. He served in the Royal Navy Reserve and having qualified as a diving officer, was instrumental in the development of underwater archaeology in Britain, diving on the Mary Rose amongst others. He is a member of the Council of the Society for Nautical Research and of the Nautical Museums Trust. He has written and lectured extensively both in Britain and abroad an his many publications include The Sailing Navy List, The Denny List, Steam, Steel and Torpedoes, and Sea Battles in Close-up: The Nelson Era. He has first-hand experience of all manner of craft and now shares with his wife a double-ended yole which they sail in the Thames estuary.

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