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U.S. Navy Ship Force Levels, 1886-1889

1886-1889 | 1890-1899 | 1900-1909 | 1910-1916 | 1910-1919 |
1920-1929 | 1930-1939 | 1940-1949 | 1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 
1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-2019 | 

As of December each year

DATE 1886 1887 1888 1889
BATTLESHIP        
CRUISER* 1 2 2 4
MONITOR        
TORPEDO BOATS        
STEEL GUNBOATS** 1 1 1 4
AUXILIARIES        
SCREW STEAMER*** 13 13 13 13
SCREW SLOOPS^ 14 14 14 14
GUNBOATS~ 5 5 5 5
SAILING VESSELS@ 4 4 4 3
STEEL NAVY 2 3 3 8
OLD NAVY $ 36 36 36 35
TOTAL ACTIVE 38 39 39 43

 

NOTES

* Mostly protected cruisers plus two armored cruisers and three unprotected cruisers.

** Although not a gunboat, the steel-hulled despatch boatDolphinwas part of the "New Navy". The great increase in numbers after 1897 includes new building, conversions, and war prizes.

*** All wooden or iron ships until 1898 when the wartime expansion included eleven merchant ships temporarily converted to auxiliary cruisers.

^ Includes one steam sloop and one steam sloop-of-war.

~ Includes wooden, composite, and iron gunboats.

@ Includes one sloop-of-war and three training ships.

$ The distinction between "Old" Navy and "Steel" Navy is somewhat artificial, the former being the old iron-hulled vessels with early steam engines, while the latter term covers (with a few exceptions) the new steel-hulled triple-expansion steam engine warships that become the standard ships of 20th-century navies.

EVENTS

U.S. authorized first vessels of the "steel navy" in 1883 and 1885.

First battleship (pre-dreadnought) authorized in 1886.

Publication of Alfred Thayer Mahan's widely read but often misunderstoodThe Influence of Sea Power Upon Historyin 1890.

 
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