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United States Naval History: A Bibliography

NAVAL HISTORY BIBLIOGRAPHIES, NO. 1

SPECIAL SUBJECTS

Ships


Alden, John D. The Fleet Submarine in the U.S. Navy: A Design and Construction History. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1979. 290 pp.

-----. Flush Decks and Four Pipes. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1965. 107 pp. (Reprinted 1989 by Naval Institute Press).

History of flush-deck destroyers, 1917-1955.

-----. "A New Fleet Emerges: Research Craft and Auxiliaries." In Naval Review, 1965, edited by Frank Uhlig, 344-381. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1964.

Baar, James, and William E. Howard, Polaris! New York: Harcourt Brace, 1960. 245 pp.

Bagnasco, Erminio. Submarines of World War Two. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1977. 256 pp.

Translation of I Sommergibili della Secondo Guerra Mondiale.

Barnes, Robert H. United States Submarines. 3d ed. New Haven: H. F. Morse, 1946. 221 pp.

Bauer, Karl J. Ships of the Navy, 1775-1969. Troy, N.Y.: Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., 1970. 359 pp.

Bauer, Karl J., and Stephen S. Roberts. Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1990: Major Combatants. New York: Greenwood, 1991. 350 pp.

Baxter, James P. The Introduction of the Ironclad Warship. Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1933. 398 pp. (Reprinted 1968 by Shoestring).

Bennett, Frank M. The Monitor and the Navy Under Steam. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1900. 369 pp.

Besse, Sumner B. C.S. Ironclad Virginia: With Data and References for a Scale Model. Newport News, Va.: The Mariners' Museum, 1937. 47 pp.

-----. U.S. Ironclad Monitor: With Data and References for a Scale Model. Newport News, Va.: The Mariners' Museum, 1936. 24 pp.

Blackman, Raymond V. The World's Warships. 4th ed. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1969. 159 pp.

Brassey's Annual: The Armed Forces Yearbook. London & New York: Various publishers, 1886- .

Volumes issued before 1950 and entitled Brassey's Naval Annual provide statistical data on navies.

Brewington, Marion V. "The Designs of Our First Frigates." American Neptune 8 (January 1948): 11- 25.

Breyer, Siegfried. Battleships and Battle Cruisers, 1905-1970. Translated by Alfred Kurti. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1973. 480 pp.

Canney, Donald L. The Old Steam Navy. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1990-.

Vol. 1, Frigates, Sloops, and Gunboats, 1815-1885.

Chapelle, Howard I. The History of American Sailing Ships. New York: Norton, 1935. 400 pp.

-----. History of the American Sailing Navy. New York: Norton, 1949. 558 pp.

Standard work dealing mainly with ship design and construction; many illustrations and plans.

Chesneau, Roger. Aircraft Carriers of the World, 1914 to the Present: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1984. 288 pp.

Conway's All the World's Battleships, 1906 to the Present. Edited by Ian Sturton. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1987. 190 pp.

Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1860-1905. London: Conway Maritime Press; New York: Mayflower Books; Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1979. 440 pp.

-----, 1906-1921. London: Conway Maritime Press; Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1985. 439 pp.

-----, 1922-1946. London: Conway Maritime Press; New York: Mayflower Books; Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1980. 456 pp.

-----, 1947-1982. London: Conway Maritime Press; Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1983-84. 2 vols.

Donovan, Frank R. Ironclads of the Civil War. American Heritage Junior Library. New York: American Heritage, 1964. 153 pp.

Dulin, Robert O., and William H. Garzke. Battleships: United States Battleships in World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1976. 267 pp.

Elliot, Peter. Allied Escort Ships of World War II: A Complete Survey. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1977. 575 pp.

Emmons, George F. The Navy of the United States From the Commencement, 1775-1853. Washington: Gideon, 1853. 208 pp.

Statistical data on individual ships with brief operational notes.

Fassett, Frederick G. The Shipbuilding Business in the United States of America. New York: The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 1948. 2 vols. (Reprinted 1970 by Library Editions).

Friedman, Norman. "Destroyers for Mobilization." In New Aspects of Naval History: Selected Papers From the 5th Naval History Symposium, edited by the Department of History, U.S. Naval Academy, 199- 206. Baltimore: Nautical & Aviation Pub. Co., 1985.

-----. Submarine Design and Development. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1984. 192 pp.

-----. The U.S. Destroyer: An Illustrated Design History. Profile drawings by A. D. Baker III. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1982. 489 pp.

-----. U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History. With ship plans by A. D. Baker III. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1983. 427 pp.

-----. U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History. With ship plans by A. D. Baker III and Alan Raven. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1985. 463 pp.

-----. U.S. Cruisers: An Illustrated Design History. With ship plans by A. D. Baker III and Alan Raven. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1984. 496 pp.

-----. U.S. Small Combatants, Including PT Boats, Subchasers, and the Brown Water Navy: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1987. 529 pp.

Garzke, William H., and Robert O. Dulin. Battleships: Allied Battleships in World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1980. 391 pp.

Gibbons, Tony. The Complete Encyclopedia of Battleships: A Technical Directory of Capital Ships From 1860 to the Present Day. New York: Crescent Books; distributed by Crown, 1983. 272 pp.

-----. Warships and Naval Battles of the Civil War. New York: Gallery Books, 1989. 272 pp.

Gibson, Charles E. The Story of the Ship. New York: H. Schuman, 1948. 272 pp.

Harris, Brayton. The Age of the Battleship, 1890-1922. New York: Watts, 1965. 212 pp.

Harvard University. Graduate School of Business Administration. The Use and Disposition of Ships and Shipyards at the End of World War II. A Report Prepared for the United States Navy Department and the United States Maritime Commission. Washington: GPO, 1945. 325 pp.

Hezlet, Sir Arthur R. The Submarine and Sea Power. New York: Stein & Day, 1967. 278 pp.

Hill, Frederic S. Twenty-Six Historic Ships. New York: Putnam, 1903. 515 pp.

Hoehling, Adolph A. The Franklin Comes Home. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1974. 132 pp.

Hollis, Ira N. The Frigate Constitution: The Central Figure of the Navy Under Sail. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1931. 285 pp.

Horgan, Thomas P. Old Ironsides: The Story of USS Constitution. Boston: Burdette, 1963. 104 pp.

Hough, Richard A. Fighting Ships. New York: Putnam, 1969. 304 pp.

-----. A History of the Modern Battleship Dreadnought. New York: Macmillan, 1964. 268 pp.

Hovgaard, William. Modern History of Warships . . . New York: Spon & Chamberlain, 1920. 501 pp. (Reprinted 1971 by U.S. Naval Institute).

Jameson, Edwin M., and Stanford Sternlicht. The Black Devil of the Bayous: The Life and Times of the United States Steam Sloop Hartford, 1858-1957. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Gregg Press, 1970. 205 p.

Jane's Fighting Ships. New York: Various Publishers. 1898- .

Standard annual publication containing technical data on types of naval ships.

Johnson, Frank D. United States PT-Boats of World War II in Action. Poole, Eng.: Blandford Press, 1980. 160 pp.

Kuenne, Robert E. The Attack Submarine: A Study in Strategy. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1965. 215 pp.

Lathrop, Constance. "Vanished Ships." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 60 (July 1934): 949-960.

Lenton, Henry T. American Battleships, Carriers and Cruisers. Navies of the Second World War Series. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1968. 160 pp.

-----. American Fleet and Escort Destroyers. Navies of the Second World War Series. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1971. 2 vols.

Lundeberg, Philip K. The Continental Gunboat Philadelphia and the Northern Campaign of 1776. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1966. unp.

MacDonald, Scot. Evolution of Aircraft Carriers. Washington: GPO, 1964. 73 pp.

Macintyre, Donald G., and Basil W. Bathe. Man-of-War: A History of the Combat Vessel. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1969. 273 pp.

-----. The Thunder of the Guns: A Century of Battleships.

New York: Norton, 1960. 352 pp.

Martin, Tyrone G. A Most Fortunate Ship: A Narrative History of "Old Ironsides". Chester, Conn.: Globe Pequot Press, 1980. 388 pp.

Melhorn, Charles M. Two Block Fox: The Rise of the Aircraft Carrier, 1911-1929. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1974. 181 pp.

Melton, Maurice. The Confederate Ironclads. So. Brunswick, N.J.: T. Yoseloff, 1968. 319 pp.

Miller, Edward M. USS Monitor: The Ship That Launched a Modern Navy. Annapolis: Leeward Publications, 1978. 125 pp.

-----. "The USS Monitor as a National Marine Sanctuary." In Naval History: The Seventh Symposium of the U.S. Naval Academy, edited by William B. Cogar, 72-74. Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 1988.

Miller, John G. The Battle to Save the Houston, October 1944 to March 1945. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1985. 226 pp.

Miller, Richard T. "Fighting Boats of the United States." In Naval Review, 1968, edited by Frank Uhlig, 269-329. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1968.

Provides data on coastal fighting boats, river fighting boats, landing craft, amphibious support craft, mine countermeasures craft, training boats, and experimental craft.

-----. "Minesweepers." Naval Review, 1967, edited by Frank Uhlig, 208-229. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1966.

Morison, Samuel L., and John S. Rowe. Warships of the U.S. Navy. London: Jane's Pub. Co., 1983. 242 pp.

Muir, Malcolm. The Iowa Class Battleships: Iowa, New Jersey, Missouri, Wisconsin. Poole, Eng.: Blandford Press; distributed in the United States by Sterling Pub. Co., 1987. 160 pp.

Musicant, Ivan. U.S. Armored Cruisers: A Design and Operational History. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1985. 240 pp.

Padfield, Peter. The Battleship Era. London: R. Hart- Davis; New York: McKay, 1972. 321 pp. (Reprinted in 1975 by Pan Books).

Pawlowski, Gareth L. Flat-Tops and Fledglings: A History of American Aircraft Carriers. So. Brunswick, N.J.: A. S. Barnes, 1971. 530 pp.

Polmar, Norman. Aircraft Carriers: A Graphic History of Carrier Aviation and Its Influence on World Events. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1969. 788 p.

-----. The American Submarine. 2d ed. Annapolis: Nautical & Aviation Pub. Co., 1983. 172 pp.

-----. Atomic Submarines. Princeton, N.J.: Van Nostrand, 1963. 286 pp.

-----. Death of the Thresher. Philadelphia: Chilton, 1964. 148 pp.

Preston, Antony. Cruisers. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1980. 191 pp.

An illustrated history, 1880-1980.

Rees, Ed. The Seas and the Subs. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1961. 233 pp.

Reilly, John C., Jr. United States Navy Destroyers of World War II. Edited by Frank D. Johnson. Poole, Eng.: Blandford Press; distributed in the United States by Sterling Pub Co., 1983. 160 pp.

Reilly, John C., Jr., and Robert L. Scheina. American Battleships, 1886-1923: Predreadnought Design and Construction. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1980. 259 pp.

Roberts, John A. The Aircraft Carrier Intrepid. Anatomy of the Ship Series. London, Eng.: Conway Maritime Press, 1982. 96 pp.

Rowe, John S., and Samuel L. Morison, comps. The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet. 9th ed. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1972. 283 pp.

Comprehensive technical data. Eight earlier editions beginning in 1939 compiled by James C. Fahey.

Scheina, Robert L. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft, 1946-1990. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1990. 224 pp.

-----. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1982. 331 pp.

Schofield, William G. Destroyers, 60 Years. New York: Rand McNally, 1962. 175 pp.

Ships of the United States Navy and Their Sponsors. Various publishers, 1913-.

Facts relating to the naming and christening of United States naval vessels, compiled for the Society of Sponsors of the United States Navy. Five unnumbered editions published to date: 1797-1913, comp. by Edith W. Benham and Anne M. Hall (privately printed, 1913); 1913-1923, comp. by Edith W. Benham and Anne M. Hall (privately printed, 1925); 1924-1950, comp. by Keith F. Somerville and Harriotte W. B. Smith (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1952); 1950-1958, comp. by Keith F. Somerville and Harriotte W. B. Smith (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1959); 1958-1990, comp. by Mary-lin Moore Jackson and Rear Admiral John D. Beecher (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1991).

Silverstone, Paul H. U.S. Warships of World War I. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1970. 304 pp.

-----. U.S. Warships of World War II. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1965. 442 pp. (Reprinted 1989 by Naval Institute Press).

-----. U.S. Warships Since 1945. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1987. 240 pp.

-----. Warships of the Civil War Navies. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1989. 271 pp.

Smith, Philip C. The Frigate Essex Papers: Building the Salem Frigate 1798-1799. Salem: Peabody Museum of Salem, 1974. 334 pp.

Stafford, Edward P. The Big E: The Story of the USS Enterprise. New York: Random House, 1962. 499 pp.

-----. The Far and the Deep. New York: Putnam, 1967. 384 pp.

-----. Little Ship, Big War: The Saga of DE 343. New York: Morrow, 1984. 336 pp.

Stanton, Samuel W. American Steam Vessels. New York: Smith & Stanton, 1895. 498 pp.

-----. Nineteenth Century United States Naval Steam Vessels . . . . American Steam Vessels Series, No. 4. Meriden, Conn.: Meriden Gravure Co., 1964. 40 pp.

Steele, George P. Seadragon Northwest Under the Ice. New York: Dutton, 1962. 255 pp.

The story of the first submarine transit of the Northwest Passage as told by the commanding officer of Seadragon.

Steinlicht, Sanford. McKinley's Bulldog: The Battleship Oregon. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1977. 139 pp.

Still, WIlliam N., Jr. Iron Afloat: The Story of the Confederate Armorclads. Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt Univ. Press, 1971. 260 pp.

Stillwell, Paul. Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1991. 404 pp.

-----. Battleship New Jersey: An Illustrated History. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1986. 319 pp.

Sumrall, Robert F. Iowa Class Battleships: Their Design, Weapons, & Equipment. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1988. 192 pp.

Terzibaschitsch, Stefan. Aircraft Carriers of the U.S. Navy. London: Conway Maritime Press; New York: Mayflower Books, 1980. 320 pp.

Translation of Flugzeugtrager der U.S. Navy 1: Flottenflugzeugtrager.

-----. Cruisers of the U.S. Navy, 1922-1962. Translated by Harold Erenberg. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1988. 319 pp.

-----. Escort Carriers of the U.S. Navy. New York: Rutledge Press; distributed by W. H. Smith, 1981. 208 pp.

Translation of Flugzeugtrager der U.S. Navy 2: Geleiflugzeugtrager.

U.S. Bureau of Construction and Repair and U.S. Bureau of Ships. Ships' Data, U.S. Naval Vessels. Washington: GPO, 1911-1949. 38 vols.

Volumes contain statistics and characteristics of United States naval vessels. Since 1949 the volumes are classified.

U.S. Bureau of Ships. Boats of the United States Navy. Rev. ed. Washington: GPO, 1960. unp.

U.S. Naval History Division. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Edited by James L. Mooney and others. Washington: GPO, 1959-.

Vol. 1, A-B, rev. 1964, includes appendixes on battleships, cruisers, submarines, torpedo boats and destroyers, and escort vessels; Vol. 1, Part A, 1991, historical sketches, letter A; Vol. 2, C-F, 1963, includes appendixes on aircraft carriers and Confederate forces afloat; Vol. 3, G- K, 1968, includes appendixes on historic ship exhibits, monitors and Civil War ordnance plus addenda and errata for Vols. 1 and 2; Vol. 4, L-M, 1969, includes appendixes on amphibious warfare ships, aviation auxiliaries, destroyer tenders, ships of the line, classification of naval ships and service craft, and errata for Vol. 3; Vol. 5, N-P, 1970, includes appendixes on the stone fleet, minecraft, new ships A-M, aircraft, and errata for previous volumes. Vol. 6, R-S, 1976, includes appendixes on submarine chasers and Eagle-class patrol craft; Vol. 7, T-V, 1981, includes apendixes for LSTs; Vol. 8, W-Z, 1981, includes an overall guide to the series and an epilogue.

-----. Monitors of the U.S. Navy, 1861-1937. Prepared by Richard H. Webber. Washington: GPO, 1969. 48 pp.

-----. United States Submarine Losses, World War II, Reissued With an Appendix of Axis Submarine Losses. Washington: GPO, 1964. 244 pp.

Originally published in 1946 by Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Utley, Jonathan G. An American Battleship at Peace and War: The USS Tennessee. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1991. 146 pp.

Villiers, Alan J. Men, Ships, and the Sea. Washington: National Geographic Society, 1962. 436 pp.

Weir, Gary E. Building American Submarines, 1914-1940. Contributions to Naval History, No. 3. Washington: Naval Historical Center, 1991. 166 pp.

Weyer's Warships of the World. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1967-.

English translation of Weyer's Flottentaschenbuch, a German annual published since 1900.

Wilson, Herbert W. Battleships in Action. Boston: Little, Brown, 1926. 2 vols. (Reprinted 1968 by Scholarly Press).

Covers the history of naval warfare from the introduction of armor through the end of World War I.

Yates, Brock W. Destroyers and Destroyermen: The Story of Our "Tin Can" Navy. New York: Harper, 1959. 207 pp.