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U.S. Navy Auxiliary Ships and French Warships

With histories and photos of most U.S. naval auxiliaries since 1835 plus other references on U.S. naval and merchant ships.

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

1. U.S. Navy Auxiliary Ships Since 1835.

U.S. Navy Auxiliary Ships,

A large digital reference work covering over 2,000 ships.

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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U.S. Navy Auxiliary Ships
Since 1945

This section extends full coverage of U.S. Navy auxiliary ships to 1980 and provides summary information on ships since 1980. 1946-1980 part complete, changes and updates to both parts continue.

SCB Design Numbers, 1946-1979

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2. U. S. Merchant Shipbuilding during World Wars I and II.

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

Featuring shipslists by Norman L. McKellar from The Belgian Shiplover, 1959-1963

With additional data and illustrations by Shipscribe.

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More References on U. S. World War I Merchant Ships

1. Shipping Board ship registers, 1917 & 1920, the latter with ship plans.

2. Shipbuilding Contracts of the U. S. Emergency Fleet Corporation, 1917-1920, a database compiled by Shipscribe.


Shipbuilding Contracts of the U. S. Maritime Commission, 1937-1945.

A database compiled by Shipscribe.


3. 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

1. Cruising ship movements 1869-1897.
2. Navy SP and ID numbers during and after World War I.
3. World War II naval shipbuilding programs.
4. SCB Design Numbers, 1946-1979.


4. 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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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

6. About Shipscribe.

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Production history and feline helpers.

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