U.S. Navy Ship Force Levels, 1900-1909
As of December each year
|TORPEDO BOATS **||18||24||27||27||29||32||32||32||33||33|
|SCREW STEAMER ***||11||10||9||9||4||4||2|
|SCREW SLOOPS ****||3||3||2||2|
|STEEL NAVY #||100||103||123||142|
|OLD NAVY #||40||38||37||33|
• 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.