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Also, even though it wasn't necessary to escort an American liner from Liverpool to Fastnet, the British Navy supplied two torpedo boat destroyers for House's ship.
Destroyers were originally torpedo boat destroyers intended to screen the main bodies of fleets against torpedo attack, itself a rather new development in warfare.
Largely derived from the main series of technical documents of the British Royal Navy and, to a lesser extent, the records of Thornycroft's, a naval construction firm, this book by Lyon (formerly of the National Maritime Museum) describes the developments of the Torpedo Boat Destroyers.