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4-piper sailors gave the unofficial nickname...
"Gold Platers" to the follow-up classes because of their supposedly luxurious features.
There's a good website, "Gold Platers," about those post Farragut ships.
...over decades. Neither comfortable nor 'modern', and a chore to handle properly, they were excellent small ships for training men. Many fine officers who served in WWII definitely had previous experience in 4-pipers...
I knew quite a few WWII vets who had served on them prior to, or during, WWII. So I was able to acquire a good deal of firsthand info about life aboard those little old tincans. Most spoke well of them--all things considered--but they were certainly not for everybody. Some men really suffered on them because of their 'lively' characteristics, and got transf'd off them as soon as they could.
Others, however, remained extremely attached to them & could recall in minute detail what flushdeck life was like, 50/60/70 years later, etc.
OK, so how many people here would ever have liked to have crewed on board a WICKES/CLEMSON class Destroyer?
Must have been quite a challenge!
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