Ship Histories

Index to Ships Histories - Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Index to Ships: Select the first letter of the ship name from the list below (note many ship names are abbreviated in common usage, such as Lincoln versus Abraham Lincoln, therefore it is important to look up ships using the first letter of the full name):


About Ships Histories

The Histories Branch researches and writes the multi-volume Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, available in many libraries in the United States and abroad. Compiled like an encyclopedia, each volume includes summary histories of U.S. Navy ships from certain sections of the alphabet.  The volumes also include an assortment of appendices on small craft, dictionary entries for Confederate Navy ships and various essays related to naval ships.

Although digital versions of DANFS entries have been available on non-government websites for some time, the Online DANFS Project makes the official version of all 10,000+ entries available for the first time. This valuable research resource was made possible by a generous donation from former CNO Admiral James L. Holloway III, USN (Ret.) to the Naval Historical Foundation, who gifted the completed digital DANFS to the Navy in 2004.