New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1910. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xxi, , 395,  pages. Frontis illustration. Illustrations. Index. Bookplate of John Lyman inside front cover! Minor front board weakness. The author had served in the U.S. Navy. He also appears to have been a descendant of Samuel Hill (1771-1825) of Machias, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts, who was a ship captain. The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. It is the largest and most capable navy in the world and it has been estimated that in terms of tonnage of its active battle fleet alone, it is larger than the next 13 navies combined, which includes 11 U.S. allies or partner nations. It has the highest combined battle fleet tonnage and the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with eleven in service, and two new carriers under construction. With 336,978 personnel on active duty and 101,583 in the Ready Reserve, the U.S. Navy is the third largest of the U.S. military services in terms of personnel. A modernization program beginning in the 1880s when the first steel-hulled warships stimulated the American steel industry, and "the new steel navy" was born. This rapid expansion of the U.S. Navy and its easy victory over the Spanish Navy in 1898 brought a new respect for American technical quality. Rapid building of at first pre-dreadnoughts, then dreadnoughts brought the U.S. in line with the navies of countries such as Britain and Germany. In 1907, most of the Navy's battleships, with several support vessels, dubbed the Great White Fleet, were showcased in a 14-month circumnavigation of the world. Ordered by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was a mission designed to demonstrate the Navy's capability to extend to the global theater. By 1911, the U.S. had begun building the super-dreadnoughts at a pace to eventually become competitive with Britain. Condition: Good.
Keywords: American Revolution, War of 1812, Naval Operations, Joshua Barney, John Paul Jones, Privateers, USS Constitution, Edward Preble, Frigate Essex, Battle of Lake Erie, Battle of Lake Champlain, Charles Ellet, Monitor and Merrimac, David Farragut, Battle