When the United States began building a fleet in the late 1880s and early 1890s, design theories were adopted from a number of different countries. No ship in the New Navy demonstrated French design theories more than the armored cruiser, USS Brooklyn. She had an extremely French appearance. The most remarkable feature was the high freeboard and extreme tumble home of her sides. Her rounded contours made for a most attractive design. The lozenge arrangement of her four turrets and heavy military masts with fighting tops were also characteristic of French designs. The three extremely tall and thin funnels of Brooklyn rounded out a design for a warship that would be instantly recognized. Brooklyn could not be confused with any other ship. Armed with eight eight-inch guns made her an exceptionally powerful cruiser for her day.
Iron Shipwright has just produced the Brooklyn in 1:350 scale. Featured below are a number of photographs of the ISW model. The hull and small parts are resin and the kit comes with three photo-etched brass frets. The Brooklyn from Iron Shipwright will be available in November 2002.