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BB-2 USS MASSACHUSETTS


Indiana Class Battleship: Displacement 10,288 Tons, Dimensions, 351' 2" (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 June 25 1891, Launched June 10 1893, Commissioned June 10 1896, Decommissioned January 8 1906, Recommissioned May 2 1910, Decommissioned May 23 1914, Recommissioned June 9 1917, Reclassified Coastal Battleship # 2, March 29 1919, Decommissioned March 31 1919, & stricken November 22 1920.
Fate: Sunk as target (By US Army) off Pensacola, Florida, January 1921. Hulk still can be seen at low tide.

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Construction / Pre Spanish American War
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-1), the Massachusetts (BB-2) or the Oregon (BB-3), 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.
BB-2 Massachusetts989kMASSACHUSETTS (BB-2) LAUNCHED
Uncle Sam's Second Big Battle-Ship Takes the Water. Christened by Miss Herbert, Daughter of the Secretary.
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, 10 June 1893, LAST EDITION, Image 2, 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 Indian (BB-1), Massachusetts (BB-2), and Oregon (BB-3) 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 Gatling's 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-2 Massachusetts 363k Massachusetts (BB-2) in 1893. Photo courtesy of Arnold A. Putnam.
BB-1 Indiana 750k What appears to be either the Indiana (BB-1) or Massachusetts (BB-2) at Cramps Shipyard, circa 1893. Photo courtesy of A History and Guide to Collections of the William Cramp & Sons Ship and Engine Building Company (1830-1927) and the Cramp Shipbuilding Company (1941-46) of Philadelphia, By Gail E. Farr arid Brett F. Bostwick with the assistance of Merville Willis, Philadelphia Maritime Museum.
BB-2 Massachusetts719kBATTLESHIP MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2)
Which Today is Having Her Preliminary Trial Trip.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Morning Times. (Washington, D.C.) 1895-1897, 18 March 1896, Image 4 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts1.45k Massachusetts (BB-2) flies the flag of Cramp during her trials. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
BB-2 Massachusetts413kMASSACHUSETTS' GIFT.
Bronze victory on the forward turret of Massachusetts (BB-2).
Presentation of "Victory," Will Take Place When the Battleship Visits Boston.
When the battleship Massachusetts visits Boston in August the presentation of the work of art, "Victory," the gift of the State of Massachusetts, will take place. The work has been produced by Artist Bela L. Pratt, in accordance with a bill passed by the Massachusetts Legislature. The full-size figure of "Victory," as it now stands is all ready for the transfer of the outlines to the sand mold, and finally to the enduring bronze. The picture here presented gives the work of art in its perfection.
The model of the artist is a Boston lady. The figure is about five feet eight inches in height, and when placed against the turret of the battleship, the top will stand about 10 feet high. The artist was under the restrictions of constructing a figure to fit a flat surface. This is why the wings are somewhat more forward than would seem aproposing of the drapery, especially in the lower portion, to avoid flatness or stiffness.
The design is a bold and striking one, the countenance and general port suggesting the dignity and resolution which should be in keeping with an idealization of "Victory,". The helmet, breast-plate and hip-plate, as well as the sword, which she carries horizontally, indicate the stern purposes of the war, while the wings idealize speed. The sword, which is much like a Cuban machete, bears on its side the word "Victory,". It originally bore the following words, which the artist's second thought transferred to the base: "By duty done is honor won." There is also the name of the donor the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its position, on the turret between portholes, from which two powerful guns will project, is suggestive, and, in a sense, may be regarded as bearing analogy to the old-fashioned figure head. In this respect it will be unique among the objects of adornment and utility on our battleships.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The National Tribune. (Washington, D.C.) 1877-1917, 23 July 1896, Image 8 & New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 17 April 1898, Image 27 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Insert photo from Colliers History of the Spanish American War, pub. 1898.,courtesy of Dan Wilmes.
BB-2 Massachusetts 808k "Massachusetts (BB-2) crew at mess.", Circa 1896.Photo is a 8x10 inch glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Company # 4a14419a, courtesy of Library of Congress via shorpy.com.
BB-2 Massachusetts437kUnderway for shakedown 4 August 1896, Massachusetts (BB-2) conducted trials and maneuvers off the middle Atlantic coast until 30 November, when she entered New York Navy Yard for overhaul. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-2 Massachusetts753k Massachusetts (BB-2) fire room - Tending the battleship's coal-fired boilers, 1897. Photo is a 8x10 inch glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Company # 4a14410a, courtesy of Library of Congress via shorpy.com
BB-2 Massachusetts 870k"Boxing aboard the Massachusetts (BB-2)."Circa 1897.Photo is a 8x10 inch glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Company # 4a14431a, courtesy of Library of Congress via shorpy.com
BB-2 Massachusetts 659k Massachusetts (BB-2) ready to turn in. Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo 4a14428v, from lcweb2.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts 37k Beer Line aboard the Massachusetts (BB-2), 1890's. Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo.
BB-2 Massachusetts 35k Marines at mess aboard the Massachusetts (BB-2). Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo.
BB-2 Massachusetts 2.10k INTERIOR OF TURRET
These are the thirteen inch guns in a turret of the first class battleship Massachusetts (BB-2). The neatness and cleanliness that are compulsory aboard a battleship are in no part of the vessel better exemplified than in the turrets where the monster instruments of destruction are situated. Not only does the machinery work with clock like accuracy, but it is kept as clean as a watch.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-2 Massachusetts 390k Massachusetts (BB-2) in harbor. Photo courtesy of Arnold A. Putnam.
BB-2 Massachusetts 188k Oil on canvas by the artist Antonio Jacobsen (1850 - 1921) depicting the Massachusetts (BB-2) underway. Photo courtesy of rehsgalleries.com via Robert Hurst.
Maine1.80kFLEET MANEUVERS-1897
IN BATTLE ARRAY
The September Evolutions of the North Atlantic Squadron.
Indiana (BB-1), Texas, Iowa (BB-4), Massachusetts (BB-2) & 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.
Texas1.33kWHAT WOULD HAPPEN SHOULD WE FIGHT WITH SPAIN
Here Are the Secret Plans of the United States Government in case of War With the Spaniards, the First Time Told.
Just Where Our Ships of War and Troops Would Be Located if We Took a Hand in the Cuban Trouble.
Pictured among the vessels are the New York (CA-2), Indiana (BB-1), Texas, Massachusetts (BB-2), Columbia (C-12), Iowa (BB-4) & Maine.
Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT.
Photo from The Anaconda Standard. (Anaconda, Mont.) 1889-1970, 16 January 1898, Morning, Image 15, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-4 Iowa 115k Painting entitled "Before the War" by Carlton T. Chapman, depicting the U.S. North Atlantic Squadron anchored in Hampton Roads, Virginia, circa late March or early April 1898. Iowa (BB-4) is seen very distantly, and partially, on the right side of the image. Ships present are (left to right: New York (CA-2), Indiana (BB-1), Texas, Massachusetts (BB-2), Columbia (C-12) and Iowa. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 78627-KN, courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC. Donation of Capt. R.G. Colbert, USN.
BB-2 Massachusetts3.42kCOMMODORE SCHLEY'S FLYING SQUADRON
Composed of the Battle-ship Massachusetts (BB-2) and the Cruisers Brooklyn (C-3), Columbia (C-16) and Minneapolis (C-17), in Hampton Roads, Awaiting Orders for a Destination as Yet Unknown, but presumed to be Porto Rico. Old Point Comfort, With the Hotels and Fortress Monroe, Is Seen on the Right.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 02 April 1898, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts408kTwo views of the Massachusetts (BB-2) port quarter view at speed.Insert photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Photo # 19N-11136 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-2 Massachusetts427kStarboard quarter view of the Massachusetts (BB-2). Photo # 19N-12086 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-2 Massachusetts419k Starboard quarter view of the Massachusetts (BB-2) at speed.Photo # 19N-11500 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-2 Massachusetts 42k Members of the Massachusetts (BB-2) Marine guard detachment, man one of the Battleship's 6-inch guns in this photo from the late 1890s. USNI/USN photo.
War With Spain
BB-1 Indiana 1.09k READY TO FREE CUBA WHEN NECESSARY.
New York (CA-2), Columbia (C-12), Indiana (BB-1), Ericsson (TB-02), Texas, Montgomery (C-09), Iowa (BB-4), Cushing (TB-01), & Massachusetts (BB-2).
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from Richmond Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1884-1903, 27 March 1898, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts774kTHE FLYING SQUADRON.Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from The Times.(Richmond, Va.) 1890-1903, 27 March 1898, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts 1.10k UNITED STATES WARSHIPS COMPOSING THE SQUADRON AT HAMPTON ROADS
BROOKLYN (ACR-3), TEXAS, COLUMBIA (C-12), MINNEAPOLIS (C-13) & MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2).
Image and text provided by University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Photo from Daily Public Ledger. (Maysville, Ky.) 1892-191?, 22 March 1898, Image 3, & The National Tribune. (Washington, D.C.) 1877-1917, 21 April 1898, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Photo from Colliers History of the Spanish American War, pub. 1898.,courtesy of Dan Wilmes.
BB-2 Massachusetts 217k Massachusetts (BB-2) by Mueller, 1898. Photo from Colliers History of the Spanish American War, pub. 1898.,courtesy of Dan Wilmes.
BB-2310kMassachusetts (BB-2), interior of turret, [between 1896 and 1901].Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 4a14406v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
BB-2373kStarboard, amidship view of the Massachusetts (BB-2) circa 1898.Photo by Charles E. Bolles, # LC-USZ62-71217 from lcweb2.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts148kMassachusetts (BB-2) and Brooklyn (ACR-03) in distance.Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-2 Massachusetts329kCOAST LINE BATTLESHIP MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2), STERN VIEW Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 01 May 1898, Image 36, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Monitors677kOUR NAVY AS IT IS TODAY
1. Monadnock (BM-3) . 2. Petrel. 3. Puritan (BM-1) . 4. Concord. S.Wilmington. 6. Amphitrite (BM-2) . 7. Ajax. 8. Machfas. 9. Cincinnati. 10. Marbiehead. 1 1. Montgomery. 12. Minneapolis. 13. Kearsarge (BB-5). 14. Kentucky (BB-6). 15. Bancroft. 16. Dolphin. 17. Vesuvius. 18. Raleigh. 19. Indiana (BB-1). 20. Iowa (BB-4). 21. Olympia. 22. Terror (M-4). 23. Catskill . 24. Miantonomah (BM-5). 25. Gustine. 26. Yorktown. 27. Texas. 28. Helena. 29. Massachusetts (BB-2). 30. Columbia. 31. New Orleans, 32. San Francisco. 33. Canaonicus. 34. Camanche . 35. Monterey (BM-6). 36. Brooklyn. 37. Detroit 38. Atlanta. 39. Alabama (BB-8). 40. Albany. 41. Baltimore. 42. Chicago. 43. Newark, 44. Boston. 45. Charleston. 46. Oregon (BB-3). 47. New York. 48. Manhattan. 49. Philadelphia. 50. Lehigh. And Torpedo Boats. Drawn by "w. A. Verhas.
Image and text provided by University of Tennessee.
Photo by The Maryville Times. (Maryville, Tenn.) 1884-1944, 28 May 1898, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon 3.97k BOMBARDMENT OF SANTIAGO FROM PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN DURING THE ENGAGEMENT
MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2), MARBLEHEAD (C-11). IOWA (BB-4), ENTRANCE TO HARBOR OF SANTIAGO DE CUBA
OREGON (BB-3) COOLING HER GUNS. NEW YORK (ACR-02), DOLPHIN
TEXAS, BROOKLYN (ACR-03), YANKEE & NEW ORLEANS.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The Herald.(Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1893-1900, 24 June 1898, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts 546k Massachusetts (BB-2) and other ships of the victorious U.S. Fleet sail into New York Harbor, during the Spanish-American War Victory Fleet Review, 20 August 1898. Photoprint copyrighted by Charles E. Bolles. LOC photo # LC-USZ62-71303.
Photo courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-2 Massachusetts1.01k"COMMODORE W.S. SCHLEY, U.S.N."
1899 Print from the 1899 Publication Leslie's Official History of the Spanish American War, by General Marcus Wright, War Records Office, Washington.
Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
SANTIAGO SQUADRON 3.44k GLORIOUS HOME-COMING OF THE SANTIAGO SQUADRON
THE GREAT NAVAL PARADE ON THE HUDSON. JUST BEFORE IT REACHED CASTLE WILLIAM, FROM WHICH THE FIRST SALUTE WAS FIRED
GUNS OF SAMPSON'S SHIPS THUNDER IN PEACEFUL WATERS
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 21 August 1898, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts 762k Photographed by E.H. Hart off New York City, during the victory review, circa August 1898. Photo # 19N-770 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-2 Massachusetts 466k Massachusetts (BB-2) as she appeared in 1898, before or after the Spanish American War, her hull is painted peacetime white. Photo # 19N-2-7-8 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-2 Massachusetts 311k Two views of Massachusetts (BB-2) anchored in midstream. Photo # 19N-17432 & 19N-13237 (insert) from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-3 Oregon 5.15k ADMIRAL SAMPSON'S VICTORIOUS FLEET FIRING A SALUTE AT GRANT'S TOMB.
New York gave a royal welcome to the victorious squadron of Rear Admiral William T. Sampson. When the armored cruiser New York (ACR-02), the flagship of Rear Admiral Sampson; the armored cruiser Brooklyn (ACR-3), the flagship of Rear Admiral Schley; the formidable battleships Massachusetts (BB-2), Oregon (BB-3), Iowa (BB-4), Indiana (BB-1) and Texas began their parade through New York bay and up the North river, they were surrounded by a monster fleet of excursion boats and tugs profusely decorated with Old Glory. The battle scarred ships were also decked with bunting, and as they steamed slowly along they were greeted by the booming of cannons from the pleasure yachts and the shrill shrieks of the whistles of the excursion fleet.
Proceeding up the North river, the New York floating Rear Admiral Sampson's flag, was in the lead. Then came the mammoth cruiser Brooklyn, with Rear Admiral Schley's new flag floating proudly at her fore truck, and, following the Brooklyn in the order named, were the Massachusetts, the Oregon, the Iowa, the Indiana and the Texas.
When the fleet of cruisers and battleships reached Grant's tomb, the guns that spoke at Santiago were again heard in a grand national salute of 21 guns.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The Record-Union. (Sacramento, Calif.) 1891-1903, 26 August 1898, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts3.62kSERIOUS DAMAGE TO THE BIG BATTLESHIP MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2)
Man of War Strikes an Obstruction Near Governors Island and Three of Her Compartments Are Torn Open.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 11 December 1898, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown1.43kThe Merrimac of New York Harbor
$150,000 HAS BEEN APPROPRIATED TO CLEAR THE OBSTRUCTIONS WHICH WOULD HAVE KEPT SPAIN'S WARSHIPS OUT OF THE FAMOUS WATERS OF NEW YORK BAY
On the tenth of last December the necessity of immediate action in clearing away the Merrimac was pointed out very clearly by the battleship Massachusetts (BB-2) striking it on the after noon of that day and doing a great deal of damage to her hull and bilge keels!
Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT.
Photo & text by Daily Inter Mountain. (Butte, Mont.) 1881-1901, 14 January 1899, Image 11, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 07/27/15.
Return of the Conquerors, September 29, 1899 60k Oil on canvas painting entitled "Return of the Conquerors, September 29, 1899", by the artist Edward Moran (1829-1901), which appears in the collections of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland, features the Texas, Indiana (BB-1), Massachusetts (BB-2), Oregon (BB-3), Iowa (BB-4) and other ships of the victorious U.S. fleet. Partial text and drawing courtesy of USNI.
Indiana2.60kADMIRAL DEWEY HEADS A MOST MAGNIFICENT MARINE PAGEANT
More Than Three Million Spectators Witness the Passing of the Nation's Hero on the Bridge of the Olympia (C-6), Followed by a Great Fleet of Warships and a Thousand Vessels of Peace
Ships in Water Pageant Passing in Review Before Dewey on the Olympia, Off Grant's Tomb
On the port beam of the Olympia was the escorting ship Sandy Hook, with the Mayor and other dignitaries aboard, and in her wake at intervals of 400 yards, stretched out a mile long, were the great towering warships, the armored cruiser New York (ACR-2), the battleships Indiana (BB-1) and Massachusetts (BB-2), the cruiser Brooklyn, second-class battleship Texas, the old wooden frigate Lancaster, the gunboat Marietta (Gunboat-15) and the Chicago (CA-14), the flagship of the South Atlantic squadron.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 30 September 1899, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-1 Indiana 1.80k The Indiana (BB-1) and her indomitable commander, Fighting Bob Evans impressed Rudyard Kipling. The Massachusetts (BB-2) is probably behind her in this circa post war photo. USN photo via USNIP submitted by Pieter Bakels.
1900's
BB-2 Massachusetts 86k The steam hoisting gear of Massachusetts (BB-2) in 1900. USNI / USN photo.
BB-2 Massachusetts 2.57k Officers and crew of Massachusetts (BB-2), circa 1900. USN photo.
BB-2 Massachusetts482k Massachusetts (BB-2) Crews Mess, 1900. USN photo.
BB-2 Massachusetts 171k Starboard bow at wharf. June 1901. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #1 81-NYS-15-46.
BB-2 Massachusetts2.95k THE BATTLESHIP MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2) PASSING THROUGH HELL'S GATE.
SECRETARY LONG ORDERS THAT HAZARDOUS TRIP OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BE NOT REPEATED.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 21 June 1901, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts1.72kINVENTION FOR COALING WAR-SHIPS AT SEA
The battleship Massachusetts (BB-2) then took in tow the Marcellus and headed for the open sea.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo & text by Deseret Evening News. (Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 31 August 1901, Image 23, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
SANTIAGO SQUADRON 1.84k SCHLEY DID NOT EXERT EVERY EFFORT TO DESTROY THE CRUISER COLON, DECLARES HIGGINSON, WHO COMMANDED THE BATTLESHIP MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2) Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 21 September 1901, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts 80k The Massachusetts (BB-2) at dock, 1902. USNI/USN photo.
BB-2 1.57k MIMIC NAVAL WARFARE IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA
THE ILLINOIS (BB-7), THE MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2), THE MAYFLOWER , THE KEARSARGE (BB-5)
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times.(Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 14 December 1902, Editorials, The Drama, and Society, Image 17, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts900kSIX MEN ARE DEAD AND THREE WOUNDED IN TURRET ACCIDENT ON THE MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2).
Explosion of Powder in the Breech of Eight-Inch Gun During Target Practice on the Big Battleship, Off Culebra Island, Slays and Maims Nine Out of the Ten Men in the Turret Crew. Victims Meet Their Deaths Heroically and the Wounded Walk With out Assistance to the Hospital. Gallant and Daring Work of Rescuing Officers. Washington Not Yet Advised as to the Cause of the Disaster, the First of the Kind in the History of the American Navy.
Text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO & University of California, Riverside; Riverside, CA.
Photo from The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 18 January 1903, PART I, Image 1 & The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 18 January 1903, Image 17 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts2.14kBATTLESHIP MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2) IS BADLY DAMAGED AT BAR HARBOR Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1885-1921, 14 August 1903, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts2.14kBATTLESHIP MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2) BREAKS ALL THE NAVAL BAD LUCK RECORDS
The battleship is not pictured here. As to why the Dutch De Ruyter is, I haven't a clue.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 17 August 1903, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts 101k The submarine Plunger (SS-02) at the New York Navy Yard, circa 1903. Massachusetts (BB-2) is under refit in the background. Published on a stereographic card by the Keystone View Company, circa 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 85293. Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(MSC), 1977
BB-2 Massachusetts939kTHE BATTLESHIP MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2) IN DRYDOCK.Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1885-1921, 16 November 1903, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts 431k The Massachusetts (BB-2) is seen at the Coaling Facility (Building 109) on Pier 1 of the Boston Navy Yard in 1904. Astern of the battleship is the Constitution. Photo by E. Chickering, National Park Service, Boston National Historical Park, cat. no. BOSTS-10053, courtesy of Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard.
BB-2 Massachusetts 98k Taken from the deck of Massachusetts (BB-2) titled "Bringing the men ashore", 1904. USNI/USN photo.
BB-2 Massachusetts 593k Black & white pre cruise fitting out of the Massachusetts (BB-2), at the New York Navy Yard, 1904, Indiana (BB-1) is in the background. Colored version appears here. Photo from Lost Warships: An Archaeological Tour of War at Sea by James P. Delgado via Robert Hurst.
BB-2 Massachusetts 98k The Massachusetts (BB-2) in drydock, possibly at the New York Navy Yard, 1904. USNI/USN photo.
BB-2 Massachusetts1.46kCAUGHT IN A TRAP, THREE LOSE LIVES
Lieutenant and Others Badly Injured in Accldent on MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2)
GASKET GAVE WAY; STEAM RUSHED IN
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from The Times Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1903-1914, 16 December 1904, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts2.4kCOALING BATTLE-SHIPS AT SEA
The battleship Massachusetts (BB-2) then took in tow the Marcellus and headed for the open sea.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from Los Angeles Herald.(Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1900-1911, 26 February 1905, Image 39 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF via nytimes.com.
BB-2 Massachusetts 1.58k Massachusetts (BB-2) coaling at Lamoine Naval Coaling Station, Lamoine, Maine, during the time of the Atlantic Fleet's visit to Bar Harbor, Maine, 3-10 Aug 1905. Please note that this picture was taken from the same approximate position that the Constitution and Grebe were in, in the pic from Henry Brown's collection. Photo from the collection of Robert Alvarez submitted by Jonathan Eno.
Bar Harbor 200k The First Squadron of the North Atlantic Fleet during a visit, 3-10 August 1905, to Bar Harbor, Maine. The visit consisted of eight BB's commanded by RA R.D. Evans. Maine (BB-10), Missouri (BB-11), Kearsarge (BB-5), Kentucky (BB-6), Alabama (BB-8), Illinois (BB-7), Iowa (BB-4), and Massachusetts (BB-2).
The Massachusetts appears here with the Iowa in the background.
Photo from the collection of Raymond Strout via Jonathan Eno.
BB-2 Massachusetts 80k Captain Edward D. Taussig, USN. With guests, probably on board Massachusetts (BB-2), circa 1905-1906, while he was the ship's Commanding Officer. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 99046.
BB-2 Massachusetts 129k Stereoscopic photograph, taken in 1906. Courtesy of Paul Petosky.
BB-2 Massachusetts 115k Explanation of the stereoscopic photograph containing the ship's 13" main guns. Courtesy of Paul Petosky.
BB-1 Indiana 295k Laundry day for the Indiana (BB-1) or Massachusetts (BB-2) at Philadelphia Navy Yard, circa 1908. Photo courtesy of phillyhistory.org
BB-13 Virginia1.00kA Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) battleship in the foreground and an Indiana class (BB-1 / 3) in the background both sprout lots of smoke and large American flags from their masts in this pre 1909 painting.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-2 Massachusetts1261kA GIGANTIC SKELETON MAST FOR THE Massachusetts (BB-2).
The first skeleton suit to be built in the New York Navy Yard now practically completed for the Massachusetts. It is 103 feet high, and constructed of tabular steel. The new mast is to be applied to many of the battleships.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside; CA.
Photo from Los Angeles Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1900-1911, 18 April 1909, Image 47 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
New York Navy Yard 141k Plunger on her way out of the New York Navy Yard, sometime before October 1909.
At that time she was assigned to the First Submarine Flotilla, based at the New York Navy Yard, joining sister-ships Porpoise (SS-07), and Shark (SS-08).
Among the ships in the background is the then decommissioned battleship Massachusetts (BB-2). The Massachusetts had her cage mast installed sometime in 1909.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS. Photo i.d. and partial text i.d. courtesy of Mike Green from "U.S. Warships of WW1", by Paul Silverstone on the Indiana class listing on page #31.
1910's
BB-2 Massachusetts 73k Massachusetts (BB-2) as she appeared in 1910, after being recommissioned on 2 May following her refitting; among other modifications she now sports a cage mast. USNI/USN photo.
BB-2 Massachusetts 563k Massachusetts (BB-2) circa 1910. Library of Congress photo # LC-B2-2333-2 from the Bain News Service, courtesy of flickr.com.
BB-1 Indiana 148k All dressed in flags with other ships of the Atlantic Fleet, the Indiana (BB-1) is pictured here, probably at Queenstown, Ireland, she fired a 21-gun salute 22 June 1911 in honor of the coronation of King George V. The Massachusetts (BB-2) is probably behind her. USN / USNI photo.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-2 Massachusetts 387k The Massachusetts (BB-2) at the New York Navy Yard, 3 October 1911. Photo # 19N-770 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
League Island 351k Photo shows American Marines mobilizing at League Island, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, PA, in February 1913, before going to Guantanamo, Cuba, in response to the Mexican Revolution. The ship to the left is the U.S. Army transport ship Meade.
The ship in the background appears to be a Indiana class (BB-1 /03)battleship. DANFS indicates that either the Indiana (BB-1) or Massachusetts (BB-2) were both on the East coast at this period of time before being decommissioned in Philadelphia the following year.
Digital ID ggbain # 11333. LC-B2-2499-15 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-1 Indiana 425k ARGENTINE SAILORS DRILLING AT NAVY YARD ON THE NOSE ENDS OF FIVE OF UNCLE SAM'S NAVAL BULLDOGS
An unusual photograph, taken at League Island, showing five battleships and steamer lying in a row while the seamen of the South American Republic make themselves as much at home as if on their own drill grounds, by special arrangement with the U.S. government.
Either the Indiana (BB-1) or the Massachusetts (BB-2) is the first battleship on the left side. The distinctive twin funnels of the Illinois (BB-7) or Alabama (BB-8) appear two ships down.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 05 March 1915, Night Extra, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota300kCAMERA'S-EYE VIEW OP GREAT MASS OF FLOATING FORTRESSES BELONGING TO THE UNITED STATES NAVY AS SEEN FROM THE TOP OF A MAST ON THE BATTLESHIP NORTH DAKOTA(BB-29) AT LEAGUE ISLAND.
Among the forest of masts closest to the camera lies the Indiana (BB-1) or Massachusetts (BB-2).
Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from The Evening Public Ledger, (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 04 October 1916, Night Extra, Image 18, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts 133k The Massachusetts (BB-2) as she appeared in 1918, after being refitted. She still closely resembles the Indiana (BB-1). Compare her cowl arrangement here with her earlier rig and with the modernized Indiana. USNI / USN photo.
BB-4 Iowa 929k VETERAN BATTLESHIPS ARE RETIRED.
Second Time Vessels Have Passed Through Ceremony of Being Retired

United States naval officers on the deck of the battleship Iowa (BB-4) as the commission pennant was hauled down from the main mast. The flag was lowered for the last time today at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on the Iowa, Indiana (BB-1) & Massachusetts (BB-2), veterans of the Spanish & American wars.
Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from The Evening Public Ledger, (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 31 March 1919, Night Extra Closing Stock Prices, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-1 Indiana 209k "Flotilla A, Destroyer Force".
Tied up with sterns to the wharf in the Philadelphia Navy Yard's Reserve Basin, while awaiting decommissioning, circa May 1919. Other ships in the background include a Monitor, three old battleships and several torpedo boats. Panoramic photograph by Frawley and Collins, Mount Holly, New Jersey.
Ships in the foreground are (from left to right):
Dale (DD-4); Lawrence (DD-8); Perry (DD-11); Whipple (DD-15); Truxtun (DD-14);
A barge; Worden (DD-16); Barry (DD-2); Hull (DD-7); Hopkins (DD-6); Bainbridge (DD-1); Stewart (DD-13); Paul Jones (DD-10); Decatur (DD-5); Preble (DD-12); Preston (DD-19); Flusser (DD-20); Lamson (DD-18); Reid (DD-21); and Isabel (SP-521).
Ships in the background are (from left to right):
Amphitrite (BM-2);ex-Iowa (BB-4) outboard; ex-Massachusetts (BB-2) inboard; and ex-Indiana (BB-1).
Several torpedo boats are moored alongside the old battleships.
Photograph # NH 105512, from the collections of the United States Naval Historical Center.
Reserve Basin137kPhiladelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania. Older warships in the Reserve Basin, photo is probably post WW I (1918 to 1920).
From right to left:
First ship: Kearsarge class (BB-5 / 6) probably Kearsarge (BB-5).
The photo shows a platform above the Navigation Bridge which is straight across the front. Photos of the Kentucky (BB-6) at this time show a similar platform but one which extends out over the conning tower roof at the center. I've not seen a photo of the Kearsarge at this time so I'm not positive.

Second ship:Wisconsin (BB-9).
Sister ship Illinois (BB-7) had a bridge structure atop the conning tower while sister Alabama (BB-8) had a second platform on the mast between the bridge and the lowest searchlight.

Third Ship: Indiana (BB-1).
This ship is "hull down" behind the Wisconsin with only her upper works visible, the 2 short funnels and the old "military" mast to the left of the Wisconsin's forward cage mast. The mast is sitting atop a round faced bridge structure. Sister Oregon (BB-3) is on the West coast and sister Massachusetts’ bridge has a square face.

Fourth Ship: Iowa (BB-4).
This ship is also “hull down” and is actually beyond the fifth ship in the photo. Visible are cage main mast (second from the left in the photo), the 2 tall funnels and the military mast partially hidden the shorter funnel of the nearer ship. The funnels identify the ship.

Fifth Ship: Massachusetts (BB-2).
The aft main and secondary batteries and the cage mast are clearly visible as are the shorter funnels and the military mast (in front of Iowa’s forward funnel). This is a case of everyone else is eliminated. Oregon (BB-3) is on the west coast and the Indiana is across the slip, ergo…
The last ship appears to have 4 short funnels and no cage mast which means it is probably a cruiser but I have not identified it.
Digital ID: # ggbain 09957, LC-B2-2333-3. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen. Photo I.d. & text courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
BB-11 Missouri69kPhiladelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania. Older warships in the Reserve Basin, 18 November 1919, as seen by a Philadelphia Evening Ledger photographer. Ships are (front row, left to right): Missouri (BB-11); one Connecticut class battleship; Michigan (BB-27); and Saint Louis (C-20). Those in the back row are (left to right): Maine (BB-10); Kentucky (BB-6);Kearsarge (BB-5); Indiana (BB-1); Massachusetts (BB-2); Iowa (BB-4); Wisconsin (BB-9); and Illinois (BB-7).U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 42525.
BB-2 Massachusetts 699k Massachusetts (BB-2) gets that sinking feeling as she is subjected as a target by the US Army off Pensacola, Florida, 6 January 1921. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1989.119.001.007, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-2 Massachusetts 49k The wreck of the Massachusetts (BB-2) is located 1.5 nautical miles south-southwest of Pensacola Pass. It lies in 26-30 ft. of water within the Fort Pickens State Aquatic Preserve, administered by the Florida Department of Natural Resources. Photo & text courtesy of Underwater Archaeological Preserves, Florida Division of Historical Resources, cr.nps.gov.
BB-2 Massachusetts 65k Remnants of the Massachusetts (BB-2). Photo courtesy of Florida's Underwater Archaeological Preserves, courtesy of Pre-Dreadnought Preservation Mark Howells.
BB-2 Massachusetts 57k Remnants of the Massachusetts (BB-2) above water. Photo courtesy Pre-Dreadnought Preservation by Mark Howells.
(NISMF)926kA guest studies a painting depicting the history of battleships. The artwork was painted by George Skybeck and presented to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association during their annual banquet at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 December 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.

Additional Massachusetts Images
17 General Views Of Massachusetts From The Library Of Congress Server.
11 Dock Views Of Massachusetts From The Library Of Congress Server.
14 Crew Images From The Library Of Congress Server.
20 Interior Images From The Library Of Congress Server.
11 Raised (With Hightened Stacks) Images From The Library Of Congress Server.

USS MASSACHUSETTS BB-2 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
Not Applicable To This Ship
Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Links To Various Related Massachusetts Web Resources.
U.S.S. Massachusetts BB-2 By The State of Florida.
Pre-Dreadnought Preservation By Mark Howells.

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