Which do you find more frightening?

The massive X and Y guns of a battleship.
The massive X and Y guns of a battleship.
Lieutenant Colin Churcher

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If you were an enemy at sea and you saw a modern destroyer approaching with one small, what might be called pop-gun, at her bow and then saw these mighty guns of an old battleship, which would frighten you most? I know what I would say.

Yes, I know it is only imagination and a guided missile destroyer could sink the battleship easily from many, many miles distant with modern weaponry.

The guided missile destroyer HMS Daring.

The guided missile destroyer HMS Daring.

Then again, if I was looking through binoculars and saw shells leaving the barrels of 16in guns and coming at you from 20 miles away, I know that would worry me more.