Navy Traditions and Customs

Ships

Baker, A. D. III, ed. The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World 1995: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Armament.Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1995.

Bauer, K. Jack and Stephen S. Roberts. Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1990: Major Combatants. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.

Bonner, Kit and Carolyn Bonner. Great Naval Disasters. Osceola, WI: MBI Publishing, 1998.

[Includes 20th Century events such as Honda Point disaster; turret explosions on USS Iowa (BB-61) and USS Mississippi (BB-41); grounding of USS Missouri (BB-63); fires on the aircraft carriers USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), USS Constellation (CVA-64), USS Oriskany (CVA-34) and USS Forrestal (CVA-59); as well as the loss of USS Cyclops and other incidents.]

Browning, Robert M., Jr. U.S. Merchant Vessel War Casualties of World War II. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996.

Bunker, John Gorley. Liberty Ships. New York: Arno Press, 1980.

Cassidy, Arthur B. "The Standard Navy Boats." Tranactions of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineer 6 (1898) 1-14, Plates 1-38. [Plates 1 through 38 are bound at the end of the volume and consist of detailed fold-out top and side-view drawings as well as photographs of small boats such as cutters, launches, cutters, barges, whale boats, gig whale boats, and dinghies.]

Charles, Roland Wilbur. Troopships of World War II. Washington: Army Transport Assn., 1947.

Chesneau, Roger and Eugene M. Kolesnik eds. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1860-1905. New York: Mayflower Books, 1979.

Chumbley, Stephen ed. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1947-1995. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1995.

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. 8 vols. Washington: Naval Historical Center, 1959-1981..

Freeman, Robert H. ed. Sunk In Action: The United States Navy in World War II. Ventnor NJ: Shellback Press, 1986.

Friedman, Norman. U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1983. [Includes ship plans].

_____. U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1985. [Includes ship plans].

_____. U.S. Cruisers: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1984. [Includes ship plans].

_____. U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis MD: Naval Instittute Press, 1982. [Includes ship plans].

_____. U.S. Small Combatants, Including PT-Boats, Subchaser, and the Brown Water Navy: An Illustrated design History. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1987. [Includes ship plans].

_____. U.S. Submarines Since 1945: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1995. [Includes ships plans].

_____. U.S. Submarines Through 1945: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1995. [Includes ship plans].

Gardiner, Robert ed. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1922-1946. New York: Mayflower Books, 1980.

____. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1947-1982. 2 vols. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1983. [Part I: The Western Powers; Part II: The Warsaw Pact and Non-Aligned Nations].

Gray, Randal ed. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1906-1921. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1985.

Grover, David H. U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1987.

Hocking, Charles. Dictionary of Disasters at Sea During the Age of Steam, Including Sailing Ships and Ships of War Lost in Action, 1824-1962. London: Lloyd's Register of Shipping, 1969.

Hooke, Norman. Modern Shipping Disaster, 1963-1987. New York: Lloyd's of London Press, 1989.

Lloyd's War Losses: The Second World War, 3 September 1939-14 August 1945. 2 vols. New York: Lloyd's of London Press, 1989. [Includes US, Allied and neutral merchant vessel losses].

Moore, Arthur R. A Careless Word--A Needless Sinking: A History of the Staggering Losses Suffered By the U.S. Merchant Marine, Both in Ships and Personnel, During World War II. Kings Point: American Merchant Marine Museum, 1985. [also see earlier editions].

Naval Sea Systems Command. Naval Vessel Register: The Official Inventory of U.S. Naval Ships and Service Craft.

Polmar, Norman. The Naval Institute Guide to Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet. 16th ed. Annapolis MD: Naval InstitutePress, 1997.

Sawyer, Leonard Arthur and W.H. Mitchell. Victory Ships and Tankers: The History of the "Victory" Type Cargo Ships and of the Tankers Built in the United States of America During World War II. Cambridge MD: Cornell Maritime Press, 1974.

Scheina, Robert L. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter & Craft of World War II. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1982.

Jane's Fighting Ships 1996-97. Alexandria VA: Jane's Information Group, various dates. [Began 1898 and produced annually since 1901].

US National Archives and Records Service. List of Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Miscellaneous Units, 1801-1947. Washington: National Archives and Records Service, 1978.

United States Naval Vessels: The Official United States Reference Manual Prepared by the Division of Naval Intelligence, 1 September 1945. Atglen PA: Schiffer Military History, 1996. [Includes profile and sometimes top views of vessels, as well as craft as small as a 7-man rubber boat].

US Navy. Bureau of Ships. Boats of the United States Navy (NAVSHIPS 250-452). Washington: The Bureau, 1960. [Includes top and side-view drawings of uncommissioned waterborne units of the fleet, not designated as service craft and capable of independent operation such as the dinghy; punt; wherry; motor launches; whaleboats; workboats; mine wheeping launch; LCVP (wood); LCM; LCPL; LCPR; mine diving tender; torpedo retriever, line handling, rescue, utility, plane rearming, plane personnel, reconnaissance, picket, buoy, personnel, plane service, aircraft refueling, noise measuring, underwater ordnance research, sounding, bomb target, and distribution box boats; as well as inflatable lifeboats, landing boats and mat boats.]

US Navy. Naval History Division. United States Submarine Losses, World War II. Washington: GPO, 1963. [Includes appendix of Axis submarine losses].

The Visual Dictionary of Ships and Sailing. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1991. [Includes detailed pictures with ship parts/items identified.].

Winser, John de S. The D-Day Ships. Kendall, England: World Ship Society, 1994.