The third volume of The U.S. Navy Warship Series covers the fifty-year period from 1883-1922. In 1883, Congress authorized the first ships of the "New Navy" and ordered removal of all obsolete ships. All US Navy ships since that time have stemmed from these first three cruisers. The numbering system in effect since 1920 was effectively begun in 1886.
The ships built during the next few years fought in the Spanish-American War. The success and popularity of the naval victories of that war together with the acquisition of overseas territories were the impetus for a large naval shipbuilding program. The voyage around the world of the "Great White Fleet" was a prime example of the excitement felt by the American people about the Navy. This led naturally into the fleet of World War I and its vast expansion, terminating with its demobilization after the war and the succeeding naval disarmament treaty of 1992.
This book will be arranged following the standard format with sections on Capital Ships, Cruisers, Destroyers, Submarines, Mines Vessels, Patrol Vessels, Tenders, Supply & Transport Ships, Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), and other government departments (Coast Guard, etc.).
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Table of Contents
Introduction Explanation of Data List of Abbreviations Authorization Acts US Navy Standard Nomenclature 1920 Naval Ordnance 1883-1922, by William E. Jurens Chronology 1883-1922 Disposition of Fleets, 1898, 1914, 1918 Ships on the Navy List 1883 1. Battleships 2. Battle Cruisers 3. Monitors 4. Aircraft Carrier 5. Armored Cruisers 6. Protected Cruisers 7. Auxiliary Cruisers 8. Torpedo Boats 9. Destroyers 10. Submarines 11. Gunboats 12. Armed Yachts 13. Motor Patrol (SP) 14. Eagle Boats 15. Submarine Chasers 16. Minelayers 17. Minesweepers 18. Submarine Tenders 19. Destroyer Tenders 20. Repair Ships 21. Colliers 22. Supply Ships 23. Tankers 24. Transports 25. Hospital Ships 26. Miscellaneous Auxiliaries 27. Naval Overseas Transport Service 28. Tugs 29. US Revenue Cutter Service 30. US Lighthouse Service 31. US Coast & Geodetic Survey 32. US Army Appendices l. Hawaii 2. SP Numerical List 3. List of Ship Builders 4. Bibliography Index
Paul Silverstone is an internationally recognized naval authority known for his many books and articles on warships. He is author of US Warships of WWII and editor of the naval notes column of Warship International, the quarterly journal of the international Naval Research Organization.