The First Destroyers
The Torpedo Boat Destroyers (TBDs) of the the 1890s - the first destroyers - were among the most glamorous naval vessels ever built. With their remarkable speed and their initial deployment against the Royal Navy's traditional enemy, the French, they caught the public imagination like no other ships of the period.
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Destroyers: An Illustrated History of Their Impact
Eric W. Osborne
Limited preview - 2005