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U.S. Navy Ship Force Levels, 1900-1909

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 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
BATTLESHIP 8 9 10 11 12 12 18 22 25 25
CRUISER 13 9 16 19 23 24 27 25 27 27
MONITOR 5 6 6 6 5 4 4 4 2 2
DESTROYERS     8 16 16 16 16 16 16 20
TORPEDO BOATS ** 18 24 27 27 29 32 32 32 33 33
SUBMARINES 1* 1 1 8 8 8 8 11 12 16
STEEL GUNBOATS 30 29 29 29 29 28 25 22 20 19
AUXILIARIES 25 25 26 26 28 27 29 30 30 29
SCREW STEAMER *** 11 10 9 9 4 4 2      
SCREW SLOOPS **** 3 3 2   2          
GUNBOATS 26 25 25 22 21 19 19 18 16 16
STEEL NAVY # 100 103 123 142
OLD NAVY # 40 38 37 33
TOTAL ACTIVE 140 141 160 175 177 174 180 180 181 187

 

NOTES

First submarine enters service in 1900. First torpedo boat destroyers enter service in 1902.

* Holland, although technically a submersible torpedo boat, was the first of some 500 or so diesel-electric boats commonly referred to as "submarines."

@@ Twenty-three converted yachts, fourteen revenue cutters transferred from the Treasury Department, war prizes, and conversions of private craft temporarily increased the number of non-steel "gunboats" in the Navy during and after 1898.

** A number of torpedo boats went in and out of commission during this time period, often seeing service with reserve units or State Militias. Most, however, came back into the Navy in 1917 and therefore remain on the list.

*** By 1906, all the screw steamers had either decommissioned or had become station ships, tenders, trainers, or auxiliaries, thus this category is closed down.

**** After 1904, the remaining two sloops,HartfordandMohican, only served as training or station ships, thus closing down this category.

# By 1906, the distinction between old and steel navy is no longer useful.

 
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