US Navy Protected Cruisers 1883–1918

US Navy Protected Cruisers 1883–1918 cover

US Navy Protected Cruisers 1883–1918

Description

Explores the history of the US Navy's 11 new steel warships, built during the late 19th century to advance American naval supremacy.

After the American Civil War, the powerful US Navy was allowed to decay into utter decrepitude, and was becoming a security liability. In 1883, Congress approved four new steel-constructed vessels called the “ABCD” ships. The three protected cruisers Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago were the first steel warships built for the US Navy, whose 1880s–1890s technological and cultural transformation was so total it is now remembered as the “New Navy”. This small fleet was joined by a succession of new and distinctive protected cruisers, culminating in the famous and powerful Olympia. These 11 protected cruisers formed the backbone of the early US steel navy, and were in the frontline of the US victory in the 1898 Spanish-American War. It was these warships that fought and won the decisive Battle of Manila Bay. These cruisers also served faithfully as escorts and auxiliaries in World War I before the last were retired in the 1920s.

Written by experienced US naval researcher Brian Lane Herder, and including rare photographs, this book explores the development, qualities, and service of these important warships, and highlights the almost-forgotten Columbia-class, designed as high-speed commerce raiders, and to mimic specific passenger liners. All 11 protected cruisers are depicted in meticulously researched color illustrations with one depicting the Olympia deploying her full sail rig.

Table of Contents

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INTRODUCTION
DEVELOPMENT
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Propulsion
Armor
Weapons
ABCD CRUISERS 1886-1889
Atlanta-class (1886)
Atlanta (1886)
Boston (1887)
Chicago (1889)
SECOND-GENERATION CRUISERS 1889-1891
Newark C-1 (1891)
Charleston C-2 (1889)
Baltimore C-3 (1890)
Philadelphia C-4 (1890)
San Francisco C-5 (1890)
FAST CRUISERS 1894-1895
Columbia-class (1894)
Columbia C-12 (1894)
Minneapolis C-13 (1894)
Olympia C-6 (1895)
THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR 1898
EARLY 20TH CENTURY OPERATIONS
WORLD WAR I 1917-1918
MODERN TOUR OF OLYMPIA
CONCLUSION
INDEX

Product details

Published Jul 20 2023
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472857026
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Illustrated throughout with 40 photos and 8 pages of colour illustrations
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 320
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Brian Lane Herder

Brian Lane Herder graduated with a BA in History f…

Illustrator

Paul Wright

Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for mos…

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