Ships
of the
U.S. Navy 

The Spanish-American War and Beyond
1890-1905

INDEX - 1890-98 1898-1905  - TOP

1890-98 Spanish American War

Additions:


Ship


Class


Tonnage

Speed
(knots)

Armor
(D=deck,
T= turrets, B=belt)

Armament
(TT=torpedo tubes, AA=anti-aircraft)

Minneapolis

Raiding cruiser

7475

23.5

4D/3T

1-8, 2-6, 8-4

Bancroft

Training ship

840

14.3

None

4-4

Indiana

Battleship

10,288

15.6

3D/17T/18B

4-13, 8-8, 4-6

Massachusetts

Battleship

10,288

16

3D/17T/18B

4-13, 8-8, 4-6

Katahdin

Ram

2155

13

6D and sides

None

Castine

Gunboat

1200

16

None

8-4

Machias

Gunboat

1200

16

None

8-4

Ericsson

Torpedo boat

 

23

 

3 TT

Brooklyn

Armored cruiser

9215

20

6D/8T/3B

8-8, 12-5

Iowa

Battleship

11,410

16.5

3D/14T/14B

4-12, 8-8, 6-4

Nashville

Gunboat

1371

14

4D/3T

8-4

Helena

Gunboat

1392

13

2D/2T

8-4

Wilmington

Gunboat

1392

13

2D/2T

8-4

Marietta

Gunboat

1200

12

None

6-4

Wheeling

Gunboat

1200

12

None

6-4

Annapolis

Gunboat

1000

12

None

6-4

Newport

Gunboat

1000

12

None

6-4

Princeton

Gunboat

1000

12

None

6-4

Vicksburg

Gunboat

1000

12

None

6-4

Porter

Torpedo boat

185

27.5

 

3 TT

Dupont

Torpedo boat

185

27.5

 

3 TT

Rowan

Torpedo boat

185

27.5

 

3 TT

Foote

Torpedo boat

142

24.5

 

3 TT

Rodgers

Torpedo boat

142

24.5

 

3 TT

Winslow

Torpedo boat

142

24.5

 

3 TT

Dahlgren

Torpedo boat

146

30.5

 

2 TT

T.A.M. Craven

Torpedo boat

146

30.5

 

2 TT

Davis

Torpedo boat

132

22.5

 

3 TT

Fox

Torpedo boat

132

22.5

 

3TT

Morris

Torpedo boat

105

24

 

3 TT

Gwin

Torpedo boat

46

20.5

 

2 TT

Talbot

Torpedo boat

46

20.5

 

2 TT

Mackenzie

Torpedo boat

65

19.5

 

2 TT

McKee

Torpedo boat

65

19.5

 

2TT

Stiletto

Torpedo boat

31

18.2

 

2 TT

Somers*

Torpedo boat

100

18

 

2 TT

Manly**

Torpedo boat

94

16

 

2 TT

New Orleans***

Protected cruiser

3450

21

3D/4T

6-6, 4-4.7

Albany****

Protected cruiser

3450

21

3D/4T

6-6, 4-4.7

All these ships were completed at outbreak of the war.
*Somers purchased from England, Manly from Germany. New Orleans and Albany from Brazil.

 

Work in Progress on:

Kearsarge*

Battleship

11,500

16.5

2D/15-17T/
16B

4-13, 4-8, 14-5

Kentucky*

Battleship

11,500

16.5

2D/15-17T/
16B

4-13, 4-8, 14-5

Alabama*

Battleship

11,552

17.4

4D/14T/16B

4-13, 14-6

Illinois*

Battleship

11,552

16.2

4D/14T/16B

4-13, 14-6

Wisconsin*

Battleship

11,552

17

4D/14T/16B

4-13, 14-6

Topeka**

Gunboat

1880

14

 

6-4

*Completed 1900.
**Purchased from Brazil.

 

Merchant Ships Armed as Auxiliaries:


Ship


Class


Tonnage

Speed
(knots)

Armor
(D=deck,
T= turrets, B=belt)

Armament
(TT=torpedo tubes, AA=anti-aircraft)

Small Liners

Buffalo

 

6888

14.5

 

2-5, 4-4

Badger

 

4784

16

 

6-5

Dixie

 

6114

16

 

10-6

Panther

 

4260

13

 

6-5, 2-4

Prairie

 

6872

14.5

 

10-6

Yankee

 

6888

14.5

 

10-5

Yosemite

 

6179

16

 

10-6

All retained in the service for many years after the war, except Badger and Panther.

Large Liners

Harvard

 

11,550

20.7

 

12-5.5

Yale

 

11,550

20.6

 

12-5.5

St. Louis

 

11,629

22

 

8-5.5

St. Paul

 

11,629

22.5

 

8-5.5

Returned to private ownership after the war.

Yachts

Mayflower

 

2690

16.8

 

2-5

Dorothea

 

594

15

 

10 pompoms

Eagle

 

492

15.5

 

4 pompoms

Frolic

 

556

11

 

4 pompoms

Gloucester

 

786

17

 

8 pompoms

Hawk

 

545

14.5

 

2 pompoms

Hornet

 

494

18

 

7 pompoms

Hist

 

494

14.5

 

5 pompoms

Oneida

 

273

13

 

4 pompoms

Peoria

 

625

8.5

 

7 pompoms

Restless

 

104

16.7

 

1 pompom

Scorpion

 

850

17

 

4-5, 6 pompoms

Siren

 

315

13

 

4 pompoms

Stranger

 

546

14

 

5 pompoms

Vixen

 

800

16

 

5 pompoms

Viking

 

271

 

 

4 pompoms

Wasp

 

750

15

 

4 pompoms

Yankton

 

879

14

 

1-4, 6 pompoms

Most of the larger yachts were retained after the war foir gunboat duty; Mayflower became presidential yacht.

Revenue Cutters (each armed with a few small guns):

Algonquin, Calument, Corwin, Grant, Gresham, Hamilton, Hudson, Morrill, McCulloch, McLane, Manning, Perry, Rush, Windom, Woodbury,

Returned to Revenue Service after the war.

Tugs (armed with a few small guns):

Accomac, Active, Baltimore. Choctaw, Hercules, Iroquis, Leyden, Modoc, Massasoit, Nazincot, Osceola, Pawnee, Potomac, Powhatan, Pontiac, Piscataqua, Seminole, Souix, Tecumseh, Tacoma, Uncas, Vigilant, Wampatuck

Mostly all disarmed and used for tug service after the war.

 

Captured Spanish Ships Taken into Service:

Reina Mercedes

Protected cruiser

3090

 

 

6-6.2, 2-2.7

Don Juan de Austria

Gunboat

1152

 

 

4-5

Isla de Cuba

Gunboat

1040

 

 

4-4

Isla de Luzon

Gunboat

1040

 

 

4-4

Small Gunboats Take in the Philippines*

Albay, Alvarado, Arayat, Basco, Barcoleo, Belusan, Callao, El Cano, Calamiaves, Guardoque, Leyte, Manileno, Mariveles, Mindoro, Marques del Duero**, Paragua, Pampanga, Panay, Quiros, Samar, Sandoval, Undaneta, General Alava, Villalobos

*Mostly under 400 tons, mostly armed with two, three or four rapid-fire guns.
**1-6.3, 2-4.7

INDEX - 1890-98 1898-1905  - TOP

1898-1905

Additions:


Ship


Class


Tonnage

Speed
(knots)

Armor
(D=deck,
T= turrets, B=belt)

Armament
(TT=torpedo tubes, AA=anti-aircraft)

Maine

Battleship

12,500

18.3

2D/12T/11B

4-12, 16-6

Missouri

Battleship

12,500

17.8

2D/12T/11B

4-12, 16-6

Ohio

Battleship

12,500

16.2

2D/12T/11B

4-12, 16-6

Arkansas1

Monitor

3255

12

1D/11T/11B

2-12, 4-4

Nevada1

Monitor

3255

12

1D/11T/11B

2-12, 4-4

Florida1

Monitor

3255

12

1D/11T/11B

2-12, 4-4

Wyoming1

Monitor

3255

12

1D/11T/11B

2-12, 4-4

All completed 1903 except for Maine (1902) and Ohio (1904).

Holland

Submarine

 

8

 

1 TT

Farragut

Destroyer

273

31.7

 

2 TT, 6 pompoms

Lawrence

Destroyer

400

30

 

2 TT, 8 pompoms

McDonaugh

Destroyer

400

30

 

2 TT, 8 pompoms

All completed 1899 except for Farragut (1898).

Truxton

Destroyer

435

30

 

2 TT, 2-14#

Whipple

Destroyer

435

30

 

2 TT, 2-14#

Worden

Destroyer

435

30

 

2 TT, 2-14#

Completed 1900.

Bainbridge

Destroyer

420

29

 

2 TT, 2-14#

Barry

Destroyer

420

29

 

2 TT, 2-14#

Chauncey

Destroyer

420

29

 

2 TT, 2-14#

Dale

Destroyer

420

29

 

2 TT, 2-14#

Decatur

Destroyer

420

29

 

2 TT, 2-14#

Paul Jones

Destroyer

420

29

 

2 TT, 2-14#

Perry

Destroyer

420

29

 

2 TT, 2-14#

Preble

Destroyer

420

29

 

2 TT, 2-14#

Stewart

Destroyer

420

29

 

2 TT, 2-14#

All completed between 1900 and 1902.

Hopkins

Destroyer

408

29

 

2 TT, 2-14#

Hull

Destroyer

408

29

 

2 TT, 2-14#

Bailey

Destroyer

235

30

 

2 TT

Bailey completed in 1899, Hopkins and Hull in 1900.

Stringham

Destroyer

340

29

 

2 TT, 4 pompoms

Goldsborough

Destroyer

340

29

 

2 TT, 4 pompoms

Completed in 1899, but failed acceptance; regained and accepted 1904.

Chattanooga

Cruiser (2nd)

3100

16.6

2D

10-5

Cleveland

Cruiser (2nd)

3100

16.4

2D

10-5

Denver

Cruiser (2nd)

3100

16.7

2D

10-5

Des Moines

Cruiser (2nd)

3100

16.7

2D

10-5

Galveston

Cruiser (2nd)

3100

16.4

2D

10-5

Tacoma

Cruiser (2nd)

3100

16.6

2D

10-5

Second class cruisers all completed in 1904.

Adder

Submarine

120

9

 

1 TT

Shark

Submarine

120

9

 

1 TT

Grampus

Submarine

120

9

 

1 TT

Porpoise

Submarine

120

9

 

1 TT

Moccasin

Submarine

120

9

 

1 TT

Pike

Submarine

120

9

 

1 TT

Plunger

Submarine

120

9

 

1 TT

Submarines all completed between 1901 and 1903.

West Virginia2

Armored cruiser

13,400

22.1

4D/6T/6B

4-8, 14-6

Colorado2

Armored cruiser

13,400

22.2

4D/6T/6B

4-8, 14-6

Pennsylvania2

Armored cruiser

13,400

22.4

4D/6T/6B

4-8, 14-6

Maryland2

Armored cruiser

13,400

22.4

4D/6T/6B

4-8, 14-6

California2

Armored cruiser

13,400

22.2

4D/6T/6B

4-8, 14-6

South Dakota2

Armored cruiser

13,400

22.1

4D/6T/6B

4-8, 14-6

Completed between 1905 and 1907.

Virginia

Battleship

16,094

19

3D/8-12T/11B

4-12, 8-8, 12-6

New jersey

Battleship

16,094

19

3D/8-12T/11B

4-12, 8-8, 12-6

Georgia

Battleship

16,094

19

3D/8-12T/11B

4-12, 8-8, 12-6

Nebraska

Battleship

16,094

19

3D/8-12T/11B

4-12, 8-8, 12-6

Rhode Island

Battleship

16,094

19

3D/8-12T/11B

4-12, 8-8, 12-6

Washington2

Armored cruiser

14,500

22

5D/5-9T/3-5B

4-10, 16-6

Tennessee2

Armored cruiser

14,500

22

5D/5-9T/3-5B

4-10, 16-6

North Carolina3

Armored cruiser

14,500

22

5D/5-9T/3-5B

4-10, 16-6

Montana3

Armored cruiser

14,500

22

5D/5-9T/3-5B

4-10, 16-6

All completed in 1906.

Charleston

Protected cruiser

9700

19

3D/4T4/4B

14-6

Milwaukee

Protected cruiser

9700

19

3D/4T4/4B

14-6

St. Louis

Protected cruiser

9700

19

3D/4T4/4B

14-6

Completed between 1905 and 1906.

Idaho

Battleship

13,000

17

3D/8-12T/7-9B

4-12, 8-8, 6-7

Mississippi

Battleship

13,000

17

3D/8-12T/7-9B

4-12, 8-8, 6-7

Completed in 1907.

Louisiana

Battleship

16,000

18

3D/8-10T, 11B

4-12, 8-8, 12-7

Connecticut

Battleship

16,000

18

3D/8-10T, 11B

4-12, 8-8, 12-7

Kansas

Battleship

16,000

18

3D/8-10T, 11B

4-12, 8-8, 12-7

Vermont

Battleship

16,000

18

3D/8-10T, 11B

4-12, 8-8, 12-7

Minnesota

Battleship

16,000

18

3D/8-10T, 11B

4-12, 8-8, 12-7

New Hampshire

Battleship

16,000

18

3D/8-10T, 11B

4-12, 8-8, 12-7

Completed between 1906 and 1907.

Dubuque

Gunboat

1035

12.5

 

6-4

Paducah

Gunboat

1035

12.5

 

6-4

1In 1909, renamed: Arkansas to Ozark, Nevada to Tonopah, Florida to Tallahassee, and Wyoming to Cheyenne.
2In 1916, renamed: W. Virginia to Huntington, Colorado to Pueblo, Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh, Maryland to Frederick, California to San Diego, South Dakota to Huron, Washington to Seattle, and Tennessee to Memphis.
3In 1919, renamed: North Carolina to Charlotte and Montana to Missoula. 
4
Armor on batteries, not turrets.

 

Losses:

Ship

Tonnage

Notes

Yosemite

 

Foundered off Guam in 1901.

Charleston

 

Wrecked in 1900.

Albay

 

Sold out of service.

Basco

 

Sold out of service.

Guardoqui

 

Sold out of service.

Manileno

 

Sold out of service.

Mindanao

 

Sold out of service.

Urdaneta

 

Sold out of service.

INDEX - 1890-98 1898-1905  - TOP


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