Conway, 1st.ed., 1995. Xi + 290 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs, drawings, plans, etc. D.j., 28 x 22cm. FINE. The U.S. Navy's Sumner-Gearing class of destroyers served as a standard design of post-World War II American destroyers, their evolution having taken place over the course of almost 40 years. The author traces the origins of these ships, the changes in naval technology, the advancements in weapons, fire-control and steam engineering. The Sumners, and their long-hulled sisters, the Gearings, were designed and built during the midst of the Second World War ; adapted and modernized during the Cold War ; and served well into the 1970s, and in other world navies, into the 1990s. Profusely illustrated. FINE copy.