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BB-1 USS INDIANA
1891 - 1897


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1898 - 1905
1906 - 1924


Indiana Class Battleship: Displacement 10,288 Tons, Dimensions, 350' 11" (oa) x 69' 3" x 27' 2" (Max), Armament 4 x 13"/35 8 x 8"/35, 4 x 6"/30, 4 x 18"tt, Armor, 18" Belt, 15" Turrets, 3" Decks, 10" Conning Tower, Machinery, 9,000 IHP; 2 vertical, inverted, triple expansion engines, 2 screws, Speed, 15 Knots, Crew 473.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on May 7, 1891. Launched February 28, 1893, Commissioned November 20, 1895; Decommissioned December 29, 1903; Recommissioned January 9, 1906; Decommissioned May 23, 1914; Recommissioned May 24, 1917; Reclassified Coastal Battleship #1, March 29, 1919; Decommissioned March 31, 1919.
Fate: Sunk as target off Tangier Island, Maryland, November 1 1920, Hulk sold March 19, 1924 and broken up for scrap.

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THE GREAT EXPOSITION 865k THE GREAT EXPOSITION.
Instead of arranging the exhibit of the navy department in a hall, it will be put in a structure resembling in every detail a coast line battle ship, like the Indiana (BB-01), the Massachusetts (BB-02) or the Oregon (BB-03), now building.
Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photo from The Ohio Democrat. (Logan, O. [Ohio]) 1886-1906, 09 May 1891, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
KATAHDIN 3.14k TWO NEW U.S. NAVAL TERRORS
THE RAM KATAHDIN LAUNCHED,
And the Indiana (BB-01) Nearly Ready. Both Formidable Battleships. Description of the Vessels.
Image and text provided by University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC.
Photo from The Watchman and Southron. (Sumter, S.C.) 1881-1930, 15 February 1893, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-1 Indiana 704k LAUNCH OF THE INDIANA (BB-01); THE BATTLESHIP AS SHE APPEARED JUST BEFORE LAUNCHING.Photo from THE ILLUSTRATED AMERICAN. Vol. XIII, courtesy of Ron Reeves.
BB-1 Indiana 142k Launching of the Battleship Indiana (BB-01), 28 February 1893. Courtesy of Michael P. McDowell & yorkship.us.
BB-1 Indiana 5.69k ONE BATTLE-SHIP.
Successful Launch of the Indiana (BB-01).
SHE IS FITTED TO FIGHT.
Complete in All Appointments She Will Stand and Fight the Strongest Man-of-War Afloat.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.] 1895-1913, 1 March 1893, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-1 Indiana 195k The sinking of the British battleship Victoria, a model of which was exhibited in the Transportation Building, gave a melancholy but not less eager interest to the United States marine exhibit at the northern pier, where a ship of war modeled on the latest patterns adopted by the Navy Department, was exposed to the closest public scrutiny and study.
The engraving shows the structure of brick, built on the bottom of the lake, and simulating a man-of-war, which was conceived by Commodore R. W. Meade, and furnished with all the implements of human slaughter.
Thus built, it was a full-sized model, above water-line, of the ten thousand three hundred ton coast-line battleships Indiana (BB-01), Massachusetts (BB-02) and Oregon (BB-03) of our navy, and if no mistake be made, the creation of such a ship in Lake Michigan in reality would violate a treaty with Great Britain.
The principal guns seen on this vessel were of wood, but there were enough machines on board which were genuine to destroy almost anything of ordinary resisting power that might be within a distance of three miles. A nearer view of the upper deck and search light is shown on another page.
Among the real guns on board were four six-inch rifled breech-loaders; twenty six-pounders; six one-pounders, two Gatlings and six torpedo guns.
The interior was a museum of war, in which a student might be kept busy for months. The length was over three hundred and forty-eight feet; greatest width, sixty-nine feet; conning tower, seventy-six feet high. Designer, Frank W. Grogan. Cost, $100,000.
Courtesy of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Chicago. Contributed by Pavel Khozhainov.
BB-1 Indiana 575k USS Illinois exhibit at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Christopher Columbus' voyage. The "ship" is not actually a ship but a mock-up made principally of wood sitting on a brick foundation built up from the bottom of Lake Michigan next to the dock. The design is based on design sketches of the Indiana Class (BB-1, 2 & 3) battleships, all 3 of which were launched in 1983. These ships represented the first class of modern battleships to be designed and built by the United States for the new Steel Navy.
The Texas and the Maine were built in the US but were based on designs purchased from English ship yards.
Inset photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. Photo courtesy of Matt Wrigh. Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
BB-1 Indiana 60k The Battleship Indiana (BB-01) at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Chicago. Courtesy of PAHRC (Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center), Colin P. Varga Photography Curator.
BB-1 Indiana 102k A searchlight aboard the battleship Indiana (BB-01) at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Chicago. Courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-1 Indiana 169k The Battleship Indiana (BB-01), profile and cross section. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-1 Indiana 35k The Battleship Indiana (BB-01), as completed, line drawing by A.D. Baker III. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-1 Indiana 45k Indiana (BB-01), cross section taken from a plan dated 1893. It shows in dashed outline the 8-inch turret as originally planned, with sloped sides. Virtually all U.S. warships of this period were designed with cone sided turrets, but in 1892 the Bureau of Ordnance had this policy reversed, arguing that such turrets were too cramped. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-1 Indiana 1.41k Looking aft from the forecastle of battleship Indiana (BB-01), at the #1 Twin 13-Inch Turret. To the right a Secondary Battery, Twin 8-Inch turret. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
BB-1 Indiana 963k Looking forward from the stern of the Indiana's (BB-01) Twin 13-Inch Turret. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
BB-1 Indiana 1.20k Indiana (BB-01) with a foaming bow. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
BB-1 Indiana 100k Captain Henry Clay Taylor assumed command of Indiana (BB-1) in December 1894. His ship was assigned to the North Atlantic Squadron.Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-1 Indiana 138k Drawing of the Indiana (BB-01) made in 1895. Photo courtesy of maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca.
BB-1 Indiana 60k Captain Robley D. Evans, USN. Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken when he was Commanding Officer of Indiana (BB-01), 1895. Photo # NH 67144 courtesy of Harry Howard, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-1 Indiana 243k Colorful Indiana (BB-01) offshore with a building in the background for company. Photo and text courtesy of USNHHC via Tommy Trampp.
Photo added 08/18/13.
BB-1 Indiana 3.62k THE GREATEST OF MODERN BATTLESHIPS.
Splendid Showing Made by the Powerful Indiana (BB-01)
Runs like a yacht!
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.] 1895-1913, 17 October 1895, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-1 Indiana 562k Bow view of the Indiana (BB-01) 1896. Photoprint copyrighted by Charles E. Bolles. LOC photo # LC-USZ62-71301. Photo courtesy of Tom Kermen.
THE GREAT EXPOSITION 1.39k NORTH ATLANTIC SQUADRON IN ACTION FIRING OFF $1,000,000 WORTH OF POWDER AND SHELL IN AN HOUR
Iowa (BB-04), Ericsson (TB-2), Porter (TB-6), Indiana (BB-01), Texas, Maine, New York (ACR-2), Amphitrite (BM-2) , Terror (M-4), Raleigh (C-8).
Drawn by an expert marine artist from exact details. The line of battle is that described by Captain Mahan.
Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT.
Photo from The Anaconda Standard. (Anaconda, Mont.) 1889-1970, 16 May 1897, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maine1.80kFLEET MANEUVERS-1897
IN BATTLE ARRAY
The September Evolutions of the North Atlantic Squadron.
Indiana (BB-01), Texas, Iowa (BB-04), Massachusetts (BB-02) & Maine.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 28 August 1897, Image 18, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-1 Indiana 5.12k DOWN WOULD COME SPAIN
A GREAT MARINE ARTIST'S THRILLING PORTRAYAL OF AN ENGAGEMENT WHICH NAVAL EXPERTS ARE DISCUSSING BETWEEN THE INDIANA (BB-01), THE CRACK BATTLESHIP OF THE AMERICAN NAVY, AND THE PELAYO, SPAIN'S FINEST FIGHTING MACHINE, IN THE EVENT OF WAR
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1893-1900, 29 November 1897, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-1 Indiana 54k Undated photograph, probably taken circa 1895-1900. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph USNHC # NH 73975, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation.

Additional Indiana Images
17 General Views Of Indiana From The Library Of Congress Server.
10 Interior Views Of Indiana From The Library Of Congress Server.
6 War Time Gray Images From The Library Of Congress Server.

USS INDIANA BB-1 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Links To Various Related Indiana Web Resources.

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