200 Years of the of the Most Unusual American Naval VesselsBook - 2012
Provides individual histories, specifications and illustrations for more than 40 of the strangest U.S. ships to sail the high seas--including "Old Ironsides," Farragut's Hartford, super-secret spy ships and more--as well as concise directory listings for another 400 vessels.
This book profiles the history and features of 34 auxiliary and unclassified vessels of the Navy and provides a directory of basic facts on more than 400 more vessels. The vessels, which performed various roles from atomic bomb targeting to intelligence gathering in various wars from the Civil War to the present, include barges, target ships, receiving hulks, and other types of ships. Many were built for commercial purposes and later used in wars, such as a paddlewheel aircraft carrier that trained US carrier pilots on the Great Lakes during WWII. Others came from sources such as other branches of the military or government, even the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and still others were developed by the Navy itself. The profiles detail each ship's origins and history, activities, role, and eventual fate. The book is illustrated with b&w historical photos. Sayers, a former Navy officer, now writes about naval history. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The book examines all of the nearly 500 of the Navy's unique miscellaneous auxiliary (AG) and unclassified miscellaneous (IX) vessels. It provides individual histories, specifications and illustrations for more than 40 of these ships in 32 chapters, as well as concise directory listings for another 400 vessels. The main text is supplemented with a glossary of terms and abbreviations, bibliography and three apprendices, and is further reinforced with a useful detailed index.
The focus of the book is on a heterogeneous and little-known grouping of Navy ships that includes both celebrated men-of-war (past their prime) and hundreds of very diverse ships with fascinating stories, missions, achievements and roles.
Conclusion: The AG and IX "fleet" constitutes the most novel, unique and uncommon aggregation of naval vessels in more than two centuries of American history.
Beyond the usual carriers, submarines, cruisers and destroyers, the U.S. Navy has also deployed over the years a vast flotilla of diverse vessels to serve in specialized roles and unusual missions. Uncommon Warriors spotlights these unique "miscellaneous" ships and boats, and provides individual histories, specifications and illustrations of many of them. Some began their careers as powerful warships with impressive pedigrees and achievements; others started out as prosaic commercial vessels but after joining the fleet, helped the Navy to win a war. This uncommon group includes iconic and historic men-of-war -- such as "Old Ironsides," Farragut's Hartford and Dewey's Olympia -- as well as such novel vessels as coal-burning side-wheeler aircraft carriers, presidential yachts, Q-ships, "spy ships" and an amazing array of other types from battleships to tugs. In all, this book furnishes for the first time a comprehensive account of some of the most interesting -- but often little-known -- naval ships and boats spanning more than two centuries of U.S. history.