U.S. Navy Ship Force Levels, 1890-1899
• Spanish-American War, April-August 1898.
• First three battleships commissioned in 1895.
** About 20 steel ships, converted to gunboats, were bought by the Navy in 1898 because of the war with Spain.
*** By the turn of the century, the only active sailing ship left in the Navy (the rest had become stationary receiving or training ships or had been transferred to State Militias or Marine Schools) was the bark Severn, used to train midshipmen at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. The category is therefore closed.
# Before the Spanish-American War, this category included the small freight carrier Fern. For the wartime period and after, it covers colliers, supply ships, water supply ships, a transport, a hospital ship, and a refrigerator ship.