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Retvizan
01frbbs 590kHull # 300, Imperial Russian battleship Retvizan.Photo from the Atwater Kent Museum Collection of the Philadelphia Maritime Museum.
01frbbs 1.44k22 October 1900. "Russian warship Retvizan, day before launching, Cramp's shipyards, Philadelphia.
Note the Roman numerals on the stern indicating depth. What looks to be another battleship is being built in the next way.
Photo is a 8x10 inch glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Company # 4a08488a, courtesy of Library of Congress via shorpy.com
01frbbs 415kRussia's Monster Battleship Built in America
BOW AND FIGHTING TOPS OF THE RETVIZAN JUST BEFORE COMPLETION.
Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo & text by Omaha Daily Bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, 25 August 1901, Image 16, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
01frbbs 1.32k A New Russian Battleship
The latest addition to a foreign navy from an American shipyard is the Russian battleship Retvizan, which was built by the Cramps of Philadelphia. She made her builders trial trip off the Delaware Capes last week and developed an average speed of eighteen knots under adverse conditions. This was highly satisfactory to her builders, who think that she will be capable of making still better time when superior coal is used and her hull is in better condition.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC. & University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 22 September 1901, Image 36, & The North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, 08 October 1901, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
01frbbs 1.78k Holland (SS-01), in the foreground with the Russian battleship Retvizan entering the dry docks at the New York Navy Yard, 1901. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC. & University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 12 October 1901, Image 7 & Deseret Evening News. (Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 27 February 1904, Last Edition, Part Two, Image 23, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
01frbbs 1.04k RUSSIA'S POWERFUL FLEET IN ASIATIC WATERS READY TO ENGAGE IN BATTLE
BATTLESHIP RETVIZAN, THE MOST POWERFUL FIGHTING MACHINE IN THE FORMIDABLE FLEET THAT RUSSIA HAS ASSEMBLED IN ASIATIC WATERS. THE VESSEL IS OF THE SAME SIZE AS THE BATTLESHIP OHIO (BB-12), AND OF EQUAL GUN POWER, AND WAS LAUNCHED AT PHILADELPHIA IN 1900.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 27 July 1903, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
01frbbs 1.55k RUSSIAN BATTLESHIP RETVIZAN DAMAGED BY JAPANESE TORPEDOES
Part of her crew is pictured here.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC. & The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 17 January 1904, Image 1, & The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 09 February 1904, Night Edition, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
01frbbs 2.07k The Russian battleship Retvizan on the rocks at the harbor entrance, Port Arthur. Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library
Photo & text by The Salt Lake Herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah) 1870-1909, 24 April 1904, Last Edition, Section Two, Image 9, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
01frbbs 219k Retvizan sunk in Port Arthur sometime after 6 December 1904.Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org.
Retvizan596kSix photo PDF of the Retvizan spanning her history in the Russian & Japanese navies.PDF courtesy of Tommy Trammp.
Retvizan898kJapanese battleship Hizen, formerly the Russian Retvizan whose captain says he intends to stay lying in Hawaiian water until the German cruiser Geier sails from the harbor.
The Ex-Retvizan as the Japanese Hizen, circa post 1908.
The same photo (which you can actually see is here)
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo & text by Honolulu Star-Bulletin. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii) 1912-current, 21 October 1914, 2:30 Edition, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Photo courtesy of navypedia.org via Tommy Trammp.
Rivadavia class
Moreno905kGREATEST DREADNAUGHT IN WORLD IS LAUNCHED; IT BELONGS TO ARGENTINA
Rivadavia about to leave the Ways
Image and text provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL.
Text courtesy of the Rock Island Argus., (Rock Island, Ill.) 1893-1920, 05 September 1911, Image 4, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
01frbbs 1.94k MODEL OF ARGENTINE BATTLESHIP RIVADAVIA SHOWING TORPEDO NETS IN POSITION.Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo & text by The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 05 November 1911, SECOND SECTION, Image 24, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
01frbbs 2.14k GIANT SHIP OF WAR TAKES THE SEA
Argentina Dreadnought Moreno Is Launched at the Camden Yards
Ranking as one of the greatest warships ever constructed for any government in the world, the Argentina battleship Moreno was launched today from the yard of the New York Shipbuilding company at Camden, N. J. The only other vessel its equal now afloat is its sister ship, the Rivadavia, recently launched by the Fore River Shipbuilding company at Quincy, Mass.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 24 September 1911, Image 19, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Launching photo courtesy of wikipedia.org via loc.gov.
01frbbs 1.92k Rivadavia under construction on 2 December 1912 at Fore River Shipbuilding company, Quincy, Mass.Photos # LC-DIG-ggbain-11004 & 11003v, courtesy of wikipedia.org via loc.gov.
01frbbs 2.14k BIGGEST BATTLESHIP DOCKED
The Rivadavia is seen at drydock on 2 December 1912.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo & text by The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 09 August 1913, Image 14, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Dry dock photo courtesy of loc.gov via wikipedia.org
Moreno493kHuge Argentine Dreadnought Biggest Battleship In WorldImage and text provided by University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR.
Text courtesy of the Daily Capital Journal.,(Salem, Or.) 1903-1919, 18 August 1913, Image 6, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Rivadavia183kArgentina Dreadnought Rivadavia and her derricks. Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via flickr.com.
Rivadavia241kMoreno and Rivadavia nearing completion in Boston Harbor. Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via flickr.com.
Rivadavia586kBuilt for the Argentine Navy, the Rivadavia is in dry-dock for repairs, possibly at the Charleston Navy Yard circa 1913. Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-B2-2785-3, courtesy of Mike Green.
Rivadavia802kA stern Rivadavia is in dry-dock for repairs, possibly at the Charleston Navy Yard circa 1913. Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-B2-2785-8, courtesy of Mike Green.
Rivadavia354kMoreno and Rivadavia nearing completion in Boston Harbor.Photo i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
Photo 08_06_005154 courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via flickr.com.
Rivadavia283kTwo sides of Rivadavia nearing completion in Boston Harbor.Photo i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
Photo 08_06_004934 courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via flickr.com.
01frbbs 493k Rivadavia in Whitney Basin Just Before Entering Dry Dock No. 4, Looking North, 6 August 1913. National Archives Identifier: 6126703
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Photo added 09/05/17.
01frbbs 601k Rivadavia Just About in Dry Dock No. 4, Looking Northeast, 8/7/1913.National Archives Identifier: 6126712
Local Identifier: 165-WW-244C-17.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Rivadavia623kArgentine Navy battleship ARA Moreno in Brooklyn Navy Yard Dry-dock No. 4 being repainted in October, 1914. Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-B2-3270-15, courtesy of Mike Green.
01frbbs 461k GREAT ARGENTINE BATTLESHIP MORENO RETURNS HERE FROM TRIAL TRIP
TRIAL CAPTAIN OF THE MORENO
Captain Joseph I. Kemp acted as commander of the big new battleship when she went through her recent evolutions off the New England coast.' She is one of the world's greatest battleships. She arrived at the New York Shipbuilding Company's Camden plant yesterday after successful trial trips and tests off the coast of New England: After minor adjustments she will sail for the Delaware Capes to join her sister ship, the Rivadavia, whence they will together proceed home to Buenos Aires to join the southern republics growing fleet.
THE MORENO'S CHIEF ENGINEER
Engineer Bachman was in charge of the mechanical equipment which pushed the great fighter through the water on her ten-day speed trials.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo & text by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 20 November 1914, Night Extra, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Photo # LC-DIG-ggbain-14781u courtesy of wikipedia.org via loc.gov.
01frbbs 1.30k The Argentine Republic's battleship Rivadavia, the latest thing in superdreadnoughts.
Model of Rivadavia.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo & text by The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 06 December 1914, Image 35, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Indiana437kHERE TO CLAIM ARGENTINE DREADNOUGHT
800 MEMBERS OF THE CREW OF THE MORENO
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Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo & text by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 30 January 1915, Night Extra, Image 16, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Indiana406kARGENTINE SAILORS LIVING ON THE BATTLESHIP INDIANA (BB-1).
The sight of foreign seaman in complete possession of a U.S. warship is an unaccustomed one to League Island residents.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo & text by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 13 March 1915, Night Extra, Image 16, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Moreno4.30kPRESIDENT WILSON ON BOARD THE ARGENTINE BATTLESHIP MORENO, OFF ANNAPOLIS, AS GUEST OF ARGENTINE AMBASSADOR NAON.Photo by Photos by International News Service..
Text courtesy of the N.Y. Times, 11 April 1915, Page 8, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
01frbbs 881k Argentine Pride Outweighs $6,000,000 Profit Greece Offers for Superdreadnought Moreno
Insets (left) Captain J. 1. Galindez, commander, & Captain J. Yalour, second in command.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 27 April 1915, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Rivadavia1.40kArgentina Dreadnought Moreno appears here in drydock at the N.Y.N.Y., circa 1915.
In the left rear of the photo is a partial broadside view of a Wyoming class (BB-32 / 33) battleship.
LOC photo # 17604 courtesy of wikipedia.org.
01frbbs 794k Stern view of the Rivadavia, at dock possibly during her trials at Fore River Shipbuilding company, Quincy, Mass.Photo 08_06_022690 / 91 courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.
Kilkis
Mississippi 910k TO SELL BATTLESHIPS IDAHO (BB-24) & MISSISSIPPI (BB-23) GREECE READY TO BUY
Daniels Plans to Build New Dreadnought With the $12,000,000 They Will Bring.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 28 May 1914, Image 2,via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Idaho 856k LITTLE OBJECTION TO SALE FOR BIG PRICE OF TWO OBSOLETE BATTLESHIPS.
Forward deck of Mississippi (BB-23).
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Ogden Standard. (Ogden City, Utah) 1913-1920, 20 June 1914, 4 P.M. City Edition, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-23 Mississippi 837k WILSON APPROVES SALE TO GREECE OF TWO BATTLESHIPS
GREEKS ASSURED HIM NO WAR IS CONTEMPLATED
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times.(Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 22 June 1914, HOME EDITION, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-23 Mississippi 757k United States Navy Flying Boats at Sea Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 05 July 1914, Image 40, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-23 Mississippi 1.00k GREECE PAYS FOR TWO U.S. BATTLESHIPS
Secretary Daniels Receiving $12,535,275 check for the Idaho (BB-24) and the Mississippi (BB-23).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 10 July 1914, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Mississippi 829k Greeks & Turks in Race for Navy
READY TO SPRING AT EACH OTHERS THROAT.
150,000 Hellenes Driven From Home
Each Nation Ordering Dreadnoughts as Fast as Money Can Buy Them.
Pictured here is the battleship Mississippi (BB-23).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 19 July 1914, Page 7, Image 8,via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Mississippi 548k Ex-American warships may see action. Greece's "petticoat" soldiers called out.
Pictured below is the Kilkis, the ex-Mississippi (BB-23).
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Logan Republican. (Logan, Utah) 1902-1924, 09 October 1915, Image 6,via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-23 Mississippi 433k STRIPPED OF GUNS, TWO FORMER AMERICAN SHIPS ARE TAKEN AWAY FROM GREEK KING
The entente allies have taken over the Greek battleships Kilkis and Lemnos, which were formerly the United States battleships Idaho (BB-24) and Mississippi (BB-23), respectively, and also the battleship Averof, says another Reuters dispatch.
Image and text provided by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Photo from The Daily Ardmoreite.(Ardmore, Okla.) 1893-current, 17 October 1916, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-23 Mississippi 42k Now as the Kilkis, the ex-Mississippi (BB-23) appears here in 1922. Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
BB-23 Mississippi 52k The Kilkis, the ex-Mississippi (BB-23) appears here at Malta, date unknown. Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst & Lee Wetherhorn.
BB-23 Mississippi 57k Greek battleship, either Kilkis or Lemnos. Photographed in a U.S. port. Kilkis was the former Mississippi (BB-23). Lemnos was originally Idaho (BB-24). USNHC # NH 77442.
All Greek 527k A very rare photo of all the 3 last Greek battleships together. Place and time unknown, probably between 1927 and 1931, the year that Kilkis pulled out of service. From left, battlecruiser Averof, in the middle probably Kilkis, at right probably Lemnos.
Averof is known as a Battleship in Greece, although she is only an armored cruiser, because of her excellent performance against real Turkish battleships, on Greek-Ottoman war of 1912-1913. She exists as a restored naval museum after surviving two World Wars and anchored on Palaio Faliro Naval museum, Athens, Greece.
Official Photo from Averof archive, courtesy of Andreou Manolis.
All Greek 896k Kilkis in color, probably in Malta. Official Photo from Averof archive, courtesy of Andreou Manolis.
BB-23 Mississippi 89k Under attack by German JU 87 dive bombers, at the Greek naval base at Salamis, 23 April 1941. In the lower left, in the floating drydock, is the destroyer Vasilefs Georgios. Kilkis, the former Mississippi (BB-23), was sunk in this attack. The floating dock and destroyer were also sunk (reportedly on 20 April ?), but Vasilefs Georgios was subsequently raised and placed in service by the German Navy as Hermes (ZG-3). USNHC # NH 54431 photograph and some caption information were provided by Franz Selinger.
BB-23 Mississippi 74k Greek battleships Kilkis and Lemnos. Sunk in the basin of the Greek naval base at Salamis after they were hit by German air attacks on 23 April 1941. Seen from the harbor pier following the arrival of the German army. Kilkis, the former Mississippi (BB-23), is in the foreground. Lemnos, ex-Idaho (BB-24), is in the distance, with her guns removed. USNHC # NH 77470 / German Army.
BB-23 Mississippi 93k Greek battleship Kilkis sunk at Salamis, Greece, 1941. USNHC # NH 54430 / German Army.
BB-23 Mississippi 58k Color photo of the Greek battleship Kilkis, looking from the bow on at her sunk at her mooring at Salamis, Greece, 1941. Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst from Purnells History of the Second World War.
Lemnos
BB-24 Idaho 1.16k Greek Warship, Former U. S. Battleship, Deserts Government
It is reported from Athens that the Greek battleship Kilkis, formerly the U. S. battleship Idaho (BB-24), which this country sold to Greece in 1914 has deserted to the revolutionists....
Image and text provided by Indiana State Library.
Photo from South Bend News-Times. (South Bend, Ind.) 1913-1938, 04 October 1916, EVENING EDITION, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-24 Idaho 433k STRIPPED OF GUNS, TWO FORMER AMERICAN SHIPS ARE TAKEN AWAY FROM GREEK KING
The entente allies have taken over the Greek battleships Kilkis and Lemnos, which were formerly the United States battleships Idaho (BB-24) and Mississippi (BB-23), respectively, and also the battleship Averof, says another Reuters dispatch.
Image and text provided by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Photo from The Daily Ardmoreite.(Ardmore, Okla.) 1893-current, 17 October 1916, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-24 Idaho 54k Lemnos dressed with flags at Smyrna, Turkey, in 1919, possibly on 15 September. She is flying the Greek flag at the foremast peak and the Italian flag at the mainmast peak. Photographed by Wayne. Lemnos, was the former Idaho (BB-24). USNHC # NH 46707.
BB-23 Mississippi 57k Greek battleship, either Kilkis or Lemnos. Photographed in a U.S. port. Kilkis was the former Mississippi (BB-23). Lemnos was originally Idaho (BB-24). USNHC # NH 77442.
BB-24 Idaho 54k At Constantinople, Turkey, probably in 1919. The Greek torpedo boat Dafni (completed 1913) is alongside. Lemnos, was the former Idaho (BB-24). USNHC # NH 46708.
BB-23 Mississippi 566k Lemnos in an unidentified Mediterranean port in May, 1919. Source: Imperial War Museum Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection by Brunell, W.J. (Lt), Photo No. IWM(Q 14057) via Mike Green.
BB-23 Mississippi 527k Lemnos in an unidentified Mediterranean port in May, 1919. Source: Imperial War Museum Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection by Brunell, W.J. (Lt), Photo No. IWM(Q 14056) via Mike Green.
BB-24 Idaho 40k Lemnos firing a salute to U.S. Navy Admiral Mark L. Bristol, at Smyrna, Turkey, 15 September 1919. Lemnos, is flying the U.S. and Greek flags at the foremast peak and the Italian flag at the mainmast peak. A British D-class light cruiser is in the right distance, also with the Italian flag at the mainmast peak. USNHC # NH 46706.
BB-24 Idaho 240k Lemnos with lots of flags flying from her mainmasts. Photo courtesy of hellenicnavy.gr.
BB-24 Idaho 273k A seaplane makes its appearance over the Lemnos. Photo courtesy of hellenicnavy.gr.
BB-24 Idaho 268k Surrounded by a mountainous anchorage, the Lemnos gets up steam and is shrouded in smoke at her lower levels. Photo courtesy of hellenicnavy.gr.
All Greek 527k A very rare photo of all the 3 last Greek battleships together. Place and time unknown, probably between 1927 and 1931, the year that Kilkis pulled out of service. From left, battlecruiser Averof, in the middle probably Kilkis, at right probably Lemnos.
Averof is known as a Battleship in Greece, although she is only an armored cruiser, because of her excellent performance against real Turkish battleships, on Greek-Ottoman war of 1912-1913. She exists as a restored naval museum after surviving two World Wars and anchored on Palaio Faliro Naval museum, Athens, Greece.
Official Photo from Averof archive, courtesy of Andreou Manolis.
BB-23 Mississippi 74k Greek battleships Kilkis and Lemnos. Sunk in the basin of the Greek naval base at Salamis after they were hit by German air attacks on 23 April 1941. Seen from the harbor pier following the arrival of the German army. Kilkis, the former Mississippi (BB-23), is in the foreground. Lemnos, ex-Idaho (BB-24), is in the distance, with her guns removed. USNHC photo # NH 77470 / German Army.

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