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BB-5 USS KEARSARGE
1920 - 1955


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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 expanison 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 redesignated 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 247k U.S. Crane Ship No.1, post 1920. USN photo.
BB-5 Kearsarge 84k U.S. Crane Ship No. 1 test of the ship's 250-ton revolving crane, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 27 October 1922. Kearsarge, which was still undergoing conversion at the time (note the incomplete superstructure ahead of the crane) is seen here lifting a 250-ton load on the right and left main hoists with equalizer at 72-foot reach on an even keel. Jib fore and aft at an angle of 53 degrees 42 minutes. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 52038, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 105k U.S. Crane Ship No. 1 test of the ship's 250-ton revolving crane, while she was undergoing conversion at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 30 October 1922. Kearsarge is seen here lifting a 312-ton load on the right and left main hoist with equalizer at 101-foot reach on an even keel. Jib fore and aft at an angle of 38 degrees 46 minutes. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 60251, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 65k Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania view of the Yard's Delaware River waterfront, with the hammerhead crane in center, 31 May 1923. Among the ships visible are: Lamson (DD-328), in left center; Sandpiper (AM-51) and Teal (AM-23), at right, with the crane ship Kearsarge beyond; Destroyers Preston (DD-327), Coghlan (DD-326) and Sharkey (DD-281), partially visible at left. Dobbin (AD-3) is fitting out on the opposite side of the pier, at left. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 43453, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 107k U.S. Crane Ship No.1 in dry dock at South Boston, Massachusetts, while undergoing repairs on 3 October 1925. Note that her propellers were still fitted at this time. Photo # NH 69051, courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, California.
BB-5 Kearsarge 83k U.S. Crane Ship No. 1 alongside the North Approach Wall of the Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal, in 1926. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 61958, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-42 Idaho90k Crane ship Kearsarge working alongside, as the battleship is regunned at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, circa the later 1920s. Barge YC-279 is in the left background. USNHC # 43459, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-42 Idaho137k Idaho(BB-42) being regunned at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, circa the later 1920s. This view shows the crane ship Kearsarge lowering a 14"/50 gun into Idaho's second turret. USNHC # 43457, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-42 Idaho93k 14"/50 gun is lowered in to her second turret, during regunning at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, circa the later 1920s. The work is being performed by the crane ship Kearsarge. USNHC # 43458, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-5 Kearsarge 141k U.S. Crane Ship No.1 passing through the Gaillard Cut, while transiting the Panama Canal during the 1920s or 1930s. Photo # NH 52037, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-38 Pennsylvania134kIdentifiable ships in this photo possibly at Puget Sound circa 1933 are, from left to right:
U.S. Crane Ship No. 1 ex-Kearsarge (BB-5), & Seaplane Tender Jason (AV-2), one of the Colorado class battleships, [possibly the West Virginia (BB-48)] in the dry dock and a Pennsylvania class along the pier.
The aircraft carrier in the photo is the Saratoga (CV-3) (note the "SARA" on the flight deck aft).
USN Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo & partial text I.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn & David C. Nilsen. Photo added 02/27/08.
BB-5 Kearsarge 112k Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington. Aerial photograph taken in the mid-1930s. Alongside the pier in center are the aircraft tender (ex-collier) Jason (AV-2), laid up in 1932 and sold in 1936, and the crane ship Kearsarge. Also present are the aircraft carriers Lexington(CV-2) and Saratoga (CV-3). Photo # NH 45236, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 97k At the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, circa 1936. Note that her stern bears both the names Kearsarge and U.S. Crane Ship No. 1. Photo # NH 43456, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 60k In the Panama Canal, circa the later 1930s. Note that she bears the name "U.S. Crane Ship No. 1 " on both quarters, as well as Kearsarge across the stern. # NH 83761, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Admiral Robert B. Carney, USN.
BB-5 Kearsarge 79k Post 1941, as U.S. Crane Ship No. 1. USNI/USN photo.
BB-60 Alabama & Kearsarge148kCirca Feb-Aug 1942 of the ship being fitted out at Norfolk Navy Yard. The ex-battleship Kearsarge (AB-1) is moored next to the Alabama (BB-60) for lifting the 16" gun barrels into place. Main and secondary gun turrets are being fabricated and the smoke indicates that some of the boilers have been lit off.Courtesy of Mike Green from Leeward Publications/ SHIP'S DATA 2and (2 & 3) Naval Supply News, Volume 5, No. 18- 6 September 1946 by the U.S. Naval Station at Seattle, Washington.
BB-5 Kearsarge 295k Kearsarge (AB-1) raises the sunken fishing trawler Lynn in Massachusetts Bay on 4-5 Sept. 1952. In the foreground is the Coast Guard buoy tender Cactus (WAGL-270) U.S. Navy photo, National Park Service, Boston National Historical Park, cat. no. BOSTS-11628, courtesy of Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard.
BB-5 Kearsarge 79k Anchor Memorial, South Boston Naval Annex, 4 July 1962. & copy by Richard Leonhardt
(NISMF)371kA 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 Dec 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 Kearsarge Images
15 General Views Of Kearsarge From The Library Of Congress Server.

USS KEARSARGE BB-5 History
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