In response to British expansionism and imperialism, the US government begins construction of a new navy from the keel up, incorporating the Faraday Principle. On this important anniversary they unveil the first of their new fleet.
Rather than going for the "huge is best" British approach, the US fleet is composed of fast moving flotillas of small ships (50 knots) with medium calibre weaponry. Nicknamed "skippers" because at speed they hydroplane across the surface, their weight partially nullified using the
[Bad Link: Plugin Not Found].
Initially steam-powered but as diesel becomes more efficient they move to that, having their own supply of oil.