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BB-5 USS KEARSARGE
1896 - 1900


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Kearsarge Class Battleship: Displacement 11,525 Tons, Dimensions, 375' 4" (oa) x 72' 3" x 25' 10" (Max), Armament 4 x 13"/35 4 x 8"/35, 14 x 5"/40 4 x 18" tt, Armor, 16 1/2" Belt, 17" Turrets, 5" Decks, 10" Conning Tower, Machinery, 10,000 IHP; 2 vertical triple expansion engines, 2 screws, Speed, 16 Knots, Crew 553.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA., on June 30, 1896. Launched March 24, 1898, Commissioned February 20, 1900, Decommissioned September 4, 1909, Recommissioned June 17, 1912, Decommissioned May 18, 1920, Converted at Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard into Crane Ship and re-designated AB-1, August 5, 1920. Renamed Crane Ship 1, November 6, 1941 to free name for new construction. Stricken June 22, 1955.
Fate: Sold August 9, 1955 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-5 Kearsarge 588k This piece of art was painted by the 20th Century artist Xanthus Smith. This 1922 artwork depicts the sinking of the Confederate ship CSS Alabama after her fight with the Kearsarge (seen right). Alabama was the scourge of the American merchant fleet during a two-year commerce destroying campaign before being sunk during a battle with the Kearsarge in June 1864. American archaeologists and French Navy divers recently recovered a bell from the famous Confederate commerce raider from it's resting place 180 feet below the surface of the English Channel off the coast of Cherbourg, France. U.S. Navy photo # N-0000X-001, courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N.Y. via news.navy.mil.
BB-53.91kGREAT SHIPS OF WAR
Description of Two That Will Be Constructed Soon.
POWERFUL DEFENDERS.
One to Be Christened the Kearsarge (BB-5), in Honor of the Famous Frigate.
TO COST FIVE MILLIONS EACH.
Bids for the Construction of These Modern Vessels Will Be Opened in a Week.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 23 November 1895, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-5 Kearsarge 45k Kearsarge (BB-5) and Kentucky (BB-6). General arrangement plan for the main deck, as designed. Copied from Transactions Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Volume 3, 1895. Photo # NH 76631, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 1.28k AMERICAN SHIPS BEST.
POINTS WHERE NEW DESIGNS ARE SUPERIOR TO FOREIGN PLANS.
ADVANCE IN NAVAL CONSTRUCTION - DEVELEPMENT OF BATTERY POWER AS COMPARED WITH THE LATEST GERMAN TYPE.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 12 July 1896, Image 17, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-5 Kearsarge 123k Kearsarge (BB-5) and Kentucky (BB-6). Midship section plan, through the conning tower at Frame 33, showing the ships as designed. The arrangement of armor is depicted, along with one 5"/40 broadside gun, an 18-inch above-water torpedo tube, and the steering wheels in both the armored conning tower and the pilothouse. Copied from R. Robinson, Naval Construction, 4th Edition, 1917, page 160-61. Photo # NH 76632, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 166k 1898 rang in with the Kearsarge (BB-5). Photo courtesy of the Worlds Naval Ship’s Forum via Bill Gonyo.
BB-5 & 6842kTHE KENTUCKY (BB-6) AND KEARSARGE (BB-5)
From the Only Photograph Made of the Twin Battleships to be Launched Next Thursday, Showing the Advanced Stage of the Work Upon Them.
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo & text by The Times. (Richmond, Va.) 1890-1903, 20 March 1898, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-5 & 6370kLINES OF THE TWIN UNITED STATES MEN-OF-WAR, THE KEARSARGE (BB-5) AND THE KENTUCKY (BB-6), TO BE LAUNCHED MARCH 24.Image and text provided by University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Photo from Daily Public Ledger. (Maysville, Ky.) 1892-191?, 22 March 1898, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-6840kKENTUCKY (BB-6) IS LAUNCHED
Big Battleship Named After the Bourbon State
WAS CHRISTENED WITH PURE WATER
......There was not a hitch in the program, and the cheers from the 30000 throats greeted the latest additions to the United States navy as they slid from the ways, the prow of one sprinkled with foaming champagne, the other christened with pure water from the home of Abraham Lincoln.
Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo & text by The Houston Daily Post. (Houston, Tex.) 1886-1903, 25 March 1898, MAILABLE EDITION, Image 4, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-61.19kFLOATED LIKE DUCKS
Battleships Kearsarge (BB-5) and Kentucky (BB-6) on the ways as they appeared ten days ago.
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo & text by Daily Press. (Newport News, Va.) 1896-current, 25 March 1898, Image 5, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-61.07kHOW THE KEARSARGE (BB-5) AND KENTUCKY (BB-6) WILL APPEAR WHEN READY FOR SERVICE.Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo & text by Richmond Dispatch.(Richmond, Va.) 1884-1903, 25 March 1898, Image 9, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Kearsarge & Kentucky 970k Very strong wooden launching struts hold up over 11,500 tons of Kearsarge (BB-5) on 24 March 1898, Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA. The mast of the Kentucky (BB-6) appears on the other side of the launching platform on this very busy day at Newport News Shipbuilding which saw both battleships slide into the waters of the James River. Both battleships had their keels laid and were launched on the same day. USN / USNI photo.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 25 March 1898, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-5 & 63.30kBIG TWIN WARSHIPS LAUNCHED.
Kearsarge (BB-5) and Kentucky (BB-6) Glide Into the Waters of James River. Purity and Patriotism Blended in the Ceremonies Attend the Christening of the New Champions.
Two New Battle-Ships and the Women Who Christened Them
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 25 March 1898, Image 4, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-51.27kOUR NEW BATTLESHIPS.
KEARSARGE (BB-5), KENTUCKY (BB-6), ILLINOIS (BB-7), ALABAMA (BB-8) & WISCONSIN (BB-9)
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from Richmond Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1884-1903, 26 June 1898, Image 11, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-53.01kThe New Kearsarge (BB-5) Will Be the Next Ship Completed. It Is Ninety-Two Per Cent Finished and It Will Be the First Ship of "The New Navy." Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 13 August 1899, Image 29 courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-5215kTHE BATTLESHIP KEARSARGE (BB-5) READY FOR HER TRIAL TRIP Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo & text by Deseret Evening News. (Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 22 September 1899, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-53.63kNEW BATTLESHIP KEARSARGE (BB-5) PROVES TO BE VERY SPEEDY
Exceeds Government Requirements at the Official Trial
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 26 September 1899, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-5 Kearsarge 66k Kearsarge (BB-5) and Kentucky (BB-6). Outboard profile plan, October 1899, showing the ships as built. It includes a wave profile based on trials of Kearsarge at a speed of 17.3 knots. The original plan is in Record Group 45, U.S. National Archives. Photo # NH 76628, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 51k Kearsarge (BB-5) and Kentucky (BB-6). Inboard profile plan, 1899, showing the ships as built. It includes general arrangement of the ammunition hoists that supplied the superimposed 13-inch and 8-inch gun turrets. The original plan is in Record Group 45, U.S. National Archives. Photo # NH 76629, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 36k Kearsarge (BB-5) and Kentucky (BB-6). Armor plan, 1899, showing the distribution of side and turret armor. The original plan # 143-10-31 in Record Group 19, U.S. National Archives. Photo # NH 76630, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 51k Kearsarge (BB-5) 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-5 Kearsarge 56k Inboard profile of the Kearsarge (BB-5) as completed. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-5 Kearsarge 48k Cross section of the Kearsarge (BB-5) as completed, at her engine room. Note the trainable above water torpedo tube, about the same size as a secondary battery gun. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-5 Kearsarge 79k Halftone of a photograph taken in 1899, while the ship was making 16.82 knots on trials off the U.S. East Coast. Note that her broadside battery of five-inch guns had not yet been installed. Copied from "The New Navy of the United States", by N.L. Stebbins, (New York, 1912). Photo # NH 98372, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 234k Kearsarge (BB-5), in drydock after completing her trial run, September 1899. The forward extension of her main belt can be seen to end just abaft the draft numerals on her bow. Note the two short bilge keels further aft. Her bridge is basically similar to those of her predecessors. Note the canvas bucklers that have been installed on her forward 13-inch gun ports. The broadside 5-inch battery is not yet in place. Photo # 19-N-1-22-1 from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-5 Kearsarge 98k In drydock during her trials period, 18 September 1899. Photograph # NH 19-N-1-22-3, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-5 Kearsarge 171k Port bow at wharf, 18 September 1899. National Archives photo # 181-NYS-15-4.
BB-5 Kearsarge 106k A smoky Kearsarge (BB-5) underway during her shakedown period, poses for the photographer Enrique Miller while underway during 1899, a short time before her formal commissioning on 20 February 1900.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-5 Kearsarge 790k Kearsarge (BB-5) between 1898 and 1901. Note that she is painted white from her main and lower decks down. Her paint scheme changed when she visited Europe in 1903, when the main deck and up were painted a buff color.US National Archives photo # 80G-1035074 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-5 Kearsarge 77k View of the main and secondary forward batteries of the Kearsarge (BB-5), 8. April 1900, by Edward H. Hart. USN / Library of Congress # LC-D4-20480.
BB-5826kBATTLESHIP KEARSARGE (BB-5) IS THE FINEST IN THE WORLD.
Successful Test of Her Double-Deck Turrets May Revolutionize Warship Designing
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo & text by The St. Louis Republic.(St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 22 April 1900, Magazine Section, Image 38, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-6980k THE BATTLESHIPS KENTUCKY (BB-6) AND KEARSARGE (BB-5), WHICH MAY MENACE TURKEY.
It is said that if the sultan of Turkey continues postponing the payment of damages for American missionary property destroyed in Turkey, a formidable fleet of American warships, including the Kentucky and Kearsarge, the mammoth new battleships, will make a demonstration in the Mediterranean.
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA. & University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of Virginian-Pilot. (Norfolk, Va.) 1898-1911, 03 May 1900, Image 11, &
Insert photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 14 September 1900, Image 9 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 05/17/13.
BB-5 Kearsarge 3.03k A BATTLESHIP'S BOATS
THE NOTABLE EQUIPMENT OF THE KEARSARGE (BB-5) IN SMALL CRAFT
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 06 May 1900, Image 21, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-5730kKEARSARGE (BB-5) AND ALABAMA (BB-8) TO FIGURE IN A PEACE INCIDENT.
THESE FAMOUS OLD NAMES WILL BE LINKED TOGETHER IN A CHARMING SENTIMENT.
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo from The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 20 May 1900, Magazine Section, Image 32, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-5 Kearsarge 3.93k AMERICA'S GREAT SEA TERROR
The New Superposed Turret—Here Is the First Complete Picture of the Kearsarge (BB-5) - It is Destined to Create a 'Revolution in the Navies of the World, According to the Belief of Experts, and Is the Most Important Development of Recent Times—The Kearsarge Can Sink Any Vessel Afloat.
Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Appeal. (Saint Paul, Minn.) 1889-19??, 02 June 1900, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-52.32kTHE FLAGSHIP KEARSARGE (BB-5)
The new battleship Kearsarge has been selected as the flagship of the new European squadron of the United States which Secretary Long has decided to organize.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by The Evening Times. (Washington, D.C.) 1895-1902, 02 June 1900, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-51.30kTHE NEW KEARSARGE (BB-5).
THE MOST POWERFUL TYPE OF AMERICAN WARSHIP.
A BRONZE FOR HER FORWARD TURRET.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 10 June 1900, Image 46, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.

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