The changes in the Sumner reflect the hard won lessons of the war learned from the Fletcher. The Sumner could turn tighter and better defend itself from air attack.
Except for the rudders, the ships are identical from the deck down. The designers, Gibbs & Cox, added a second rudder so the ship could turn in tighter circles when engaging the enemy. This had the unfortunate side effect of making the ship about 3 knots slower than a destroyer from its predecessor class. The Sumner-class also has more guns than the Fletcher to better defend the ship from the Kamikaze attacks. For the crews, the Sumner-class Destroyers were big improvement over the Fletcher Class destroyers except when they were on their way home!
The framed size is 20.5" wide by 9.0" high.
Natural Basswood finish (as pictured) is mounted on a Baltic Blue matte and surrounded by a rich cherry finish frame.
Brass and Silver finishes are mounted on a black matte within a black frame which gives a very contemporary look.Click here
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