"One of the thrills of a lifetime," according to [Navy Commander H.H.] Frost, "was to hold my breath when the [destroyer] Peary passed the [destroyer tender] Black Hawk in the Suez Canal. The latter was making about twelve knots and the Peary ran past us at twenty. We could have thrown a biscuit across. It was a superb maneuver--one of those beau gestes that every real destroyer captain loves to make. But once is enough!"
Saturday, June 13, 2009
From Thomas Hone & Trent Hone, Battle Line: The United States Navy 1919-39 (2006), at 60: