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

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

by K. J. Bauer, Stephen RobertsK. J. Bauer


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313262029
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/1991
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)

About the Author

K. JACK BAUER was a noted historian, long associated with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was the author of Ships of the Navy, 1775-1969 (1969), A Maritime History of the United States (1988), co-editor of United States Navy and Marine Corps Bases (Greenwood Press, 1985) with Paolo Coletta, and editor of The New American State Papers: Naval Affairs, 1789-1860 (1981), among others.

STEPHEN S. ROBERTS received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago in 1976 and is currently a naval historian. He is concerned especially with the history of naval technology since the eighteenth century. He is editor of The Development of a Modern Navy: French Naval Policy, 1781-1860 by Theodore Ropp (1987).

Table of Contents


Ship and Engine Builders

The Sail Navy, 1775-1853

The Old Steam Navy, 1814-1876

The New Navy, 1883-1990


Hull Number Index


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