The United States Navy,
January 1, 1896
By early 1896, the US Navy was beginning to see the first benefits of the decisions of the 1880's to modernize the fleet. Ships such as TEXAS and MAINE were joining the  so-called
ABCD ships, cruisers ATLANTA, BOSTON, and CHICAGO as well as dispatch vessel DOLPHIN, which were the first ships of the "Steel Navy." However, the extensive time needed
for construction still meant that many US ships were obsolescent, if not obsolete, when commissioned. Still, the first true battleships in US Navy history were also entering the fleet at
around this time, setting the stage for the Navy's triumph just over two years later in the Spanish American War.

The fleet still included some Civil War-era ships to go along with its mostly untested newer vessels, though the fleet's major stations experienced a major turnover of vessels since
1892. Ashore, the Navy lacked Pacific bases and its existing east coast bases remained a source of political patronage for members of Congress rather than true support elements
for the fleet.

FORCES AFLOAT
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MAJOR STATIONS
*OTHER VESSELS


SHORE ESTABLISHMENT
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NAVY DEPARTMENT
*BASES
*SPECIAL DUTY

*LIST OF CAPTAINS ON ACTIVE DUTY
*LIST OF FLAG OFFICERS, ACTIVE AND RETIRED     

FLAG OFFICER ASSIGNMENTS 1890-1900




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The gunboat MONOCACY, photographed in Chinese waters in the 1890's

US Navy Photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command  On-Line Library.
As far as I know, it is in the public domain.