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Monday, 1 May 2017

The US Navy building program according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1913-1914 no. 6

An item reported that the naval commission in the House of Representatives as a result of the difficulties with Japan dealing with California (1) succeeded in finding votes for building of 2 battleships. The needed budget was yet unknown and the Secretary of navy was waiting for the rapport of the special commission headed by admiral Dewey.(2) The General Board seems to have proposed the building of 4 battleships, 16 destroyers, 4-6 submarines,2 colliers, 1 submarine mother ships and 2 gunboats.

Notes
1. The California Alien Land Law of 1913 wanted to prevent especially Japanese to own  or posses long-term leases of agricultural land and in this manner Japanese immigration to California.
2. Georges Dewey (26 December 1837 Montpellier, Vermont, USA-18 January 1916 Washington D.C., USA), served in the US Navy 1858-1917 ending in the rank of Admiral of the Navy.