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U.S. Navy Auxiliary Ships and French Warships

With histories and photos of all U.S. naval auxiliaries, 1835-1980, plus U.S. naval and merchant shipbuilding programs, etc.

USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) between 21 November 1966 and 28 February 1967, NHHC 'L' File.

1. U.S. Navy Auxiliary Ships, 1835-1980.

Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy: Auxiliary Ships 1835-1945

A large digital reference work, complete for 1835-1945.

Alaskan Radio Expedition, 1912 (USS Nero)
Alaskan Radio Expedition, 1914 (USS Buffalo)

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U. S. Navy Temporary Auxiliary Ships of World War I, 1917-1919

Ship pages from the U.S. Navy's discontinued Online Library of Selected Images with occasional updates.

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Auxiliary Ships Supplement

This supplement extends the coverage of the Register into 1980.
It is under construction and all contents are subject to change.

SCB Design Numbers, 1946-1979
Auxiliary ship classes, 1980-2022

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2. French Warships.

3 books on French Warships, 1626-1914

French Warships, 1626-1914

by Rif Winfield (1-2) and Stephen S. Roberts (1-3)

Volume 1: Age of Sail, 1626-1786, published 2017.
Volume 2: Age of Sail, 1786-1861, published 2015.
Volume 3: Age of Steam, 1859-1914, published 2021.

This page includes info on the three books and post-publication additions and modifications for them.

French Navy Ships, 1816-1859: From Sail to Steam

Legacy data from the French naval archives. More complete data are now available in the books above, but the data here remain valid.

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3. References on U.S. Merchant Ships.

Norman L. McKellar

Steel Shipbuilding under the U. S. Shipping Board, 1917-1921

A major shipslist from The Belgian Shiplover, 1962-1963. Also includes wood and concrete shipbuilding.


Other References on U. S. Merchant Ships

Ship registers, 1917 & 1920.
Wartime EFC and MC standard ship building programs.


4. References on U.S. Naval Ships.

U.S. Navy "Spring Styles"
1911-1925 and 1939-1944

Preliminary design drawings by the Bureau of Construction and Repair and the Bureau of Ships.


The Cochrane Collection
Photographs of American Shipyards, 1943-1945

Aerial photos of the shipyards that built and repaired the world's largest navy.


Other References on U. S. Naval Ships

Cruising ship movements 1869-1897.
Lists of Navy SP and ID numbers during and after World War I.
World War II naval shipbuilding programs.
NEW! SCB Design Numbers, 1946-1979


5. Miscellany.

Online Library Photos of USS Rich (DD-820)
Online Library Photos of USS Bradley (DE-1041)
Thai Navy Ships at Bangkok, February 1970

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The article by Norman L. McKellar is copyright © Hazel McKellar, 2007.
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