Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1990: Major Combatants

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Overview

This authoritative register brings together a wealth of detailed historical and technical information about all the major combat ships in the U. S. Navy—from the sail frigates of the Revolution to today's nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines, from the ships of George Washington to the fleet that fought Operation Desert Storm. Conceived and developed by K. Jack Bauer before his death, and extended and brought up-to-date by Stephen S. Roberts, this reference guide is designed for the general student of American naval history, for military historians, for navy/ship buffs, and indeed for all who thirst for interesting information about American ships over the last 300 years. The volume contains tables, notes, sixty-eight photographs, a list of ship and engine builders, and indexes to the hull numbers and names of all ships included in the volume.

The register provides a brief introduction and then covers the Sail Navy (1775-1853), the Old Steam Navy (1814-1876), and the New Navy (1883 to present). Ships are arranged by type and then chronologically by date of authorization. The entry for each class begins with a listing of the key technical specifications, including important changes in armament. Next comes a table listing all the ships in the class with their builders and construction dates, and final disposition. The entry concludes with notes containing other essential information, including reconstructions, renamings, and reclassifications. In many cases these notes also indicate why the ships were built and point to the significance of their designs. Merchant ships acquired for service as major combatants are also described in an abbreviated format.

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This reference guide for general students of American naval history, for military historians, and for navy/ship buffs brings together detailed historical and technical information about all the major combat ships in the US Navy--from sail frigates to nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines. The volume contains tables, notes, 68 photographs, a list of ship and engine builders, and indexes to the hull numbers and names of all ships included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313262029
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1991
  • Pages: 376
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

K. JACK BAUER was a noted historian, long associated with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

STEPHEN S. ROBERTS received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago in 1976 and is currently a naval historian.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Ship and Engine Builders

The Sail Navy, 1775-1853

The Old Steam Navy, 1814-1876

The New Navy, 1883-1990

Bibliography

Hull Number Index

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2008

    Most authoritative naval ship reference

    There are many reference guides available for those involved in the history of U.S. Navy ships but the Bauer & Roberts Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1990 is the most authoritive single volume available. As a naval historian I have and use them all but this is the one I reach for first and the one I most rely on for details of the construction and outfitting of the navy's warships. It is an essential element of naval vessel history and despite the relatively high price the book is worth more than it costs in research time saved. We literally wore out the first book from heavy use and had to buy a second copy.

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