The United States Navy,
January 1, 1899
Having looked at the US Navy in the years leading up to the Spanish American War (see pages on 1892 and 1896 naval organization) I thought to look at the Navy in the immediate
aftermath of the war.

Using the January 1, 1899 Navy Register, I compiled the following pages. They show a rapidly modernizing Navy, with new battleships joining the fleet and many more under
construction. Even though the Spanish American War had only formally ended a short time earlier many, though not all, of the "emergency" officers and ships added to the Navy in
1898 had already been released back to civilian status and the service was turning its attention to professional growth and development.

Operationally, the Asiatic Station remained large, as war hero George Dewey's force became involved in the Philippine-American War (formerly known as the Philippine
Insurrection). The new battleships, however, remained stationed in the North Atlantic, still the station witht he most ships. Most of the navy's torpedo boats were in reserve on this
date and thus do not appear in the following pages, but a new class of ships, Torpedo-boat destroyers, had entered the production pipeline.

One other note that interested me - all seven of the Navy's Rear Admirals had reached this rank in 1898, with all of the pre-war Admirals having retired for age.

FORCES AFLOAT
 
MAJOR STATIONS
 OTHER VESSELS


SHORE ESTABLISHMENT
 
NAVY DEPARTMENT
 BASES
 SPECIAL DUTY

VESSELS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

LIST OF FLAG OFFICERS, ACTIVE DUTY ONLY    


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.