The steady progress that is being made in warship design and construction in the United States must be gratifying to every citizen. The hulls, the machinery, the ordnance, and the numerous items of equipment all show advance over previous constructions.
As to the size of these ships, nearly every boy in the country knows that the United States usually has the biggest warship in the world. It would appear not improbable that before long we shall have a 50,000-ton battleship.
Then there are the numerous auxiliaries, the destroyers, the submarines, scouts, gunboats, fuel-ships, transports, tenders, minelayers, and so on. Each successive year witnesses an advance in design, and usually increased speed of construction.