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BB-5 USS KEARSARGE
1903 - 1909


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1896 - 1902
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1920 - 1955


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 94k Underway, circa the early 1900s. Kearsarge (BB-5) was painted this way when she visited Europe in 1903, and this photograph may have been taken at about that time. Photo # NH 52036, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 64k Visiting Kiel, Germany, circa 25 June 1903, while serving as flagship of the U.S. European Squadron. SMS Hohenzollern, the German imperial yacht, is at left, with Chicago (CA-14) partially visible beyond her stern. Photo # NH 93402, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center. Collection of Paymaster William R. Pattison, USN.
BB-5 Kearsarge 120k Crew manning the rails and superstructure, with arms linked, as German Kaiser Wilhelm II leaves the ship following lunch on board, at Kiel, Germany, 25 June 1903. The Kaiser is seated in the stern of the rowing cutter, in the center of the photograph. Photo # NH 93730, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center, collection of Paymaster William R. Pattison, USN.
BB-5 Kearsarge 83k Leads ships of the U.S. European Squadron past a line of British Battleships, during a visit to an English port in 1903. The two ships immediately astern of Kearsarge (BB-5) are Chicago (CA-14) and San Francisco (C-5). Photographed by West & Son, Southsea, England. Note Kearsarge's figurehead and anchor, and Sailors manning the rails and bridges on all ships present. Photo # NH 71698, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 89k Kearsarge (BB-5) steams past a pair of British Majestic class battleships, during a visit to an English port in 1903. Crewmen are manning the rails and superstructures of all three ships. Photographed by West & Son, Southsea, England. Photo # NH 71699, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 140k Kearsarge (BB-5) receives the cheers of crewmen on board a British battleship, during her visit to Spithead, England, in July 1903. Chicago (CA-14) is in the extreme left background. Note the British ship's steam picket boat and pulling boats. Photo # NH 75716, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Admiral William V. Pratt.
BB-5 Kearsarge 91k Illuminated with electric lights, while visiting Portsmouth, England in July 1903. Note the ship of the line (possibly HMS Victory) in the right background, also illuminated. Photo # NH 93732, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 69k HMS Victory firing a salute in honor of the visit by ships of the U.S. European Squadron to Portsmouth, England, 13 July 1903. Photographed from just beyond the stern of the visiting squadron's flagship, Kearsarge (BB-5), whose National Ensign is in the upper foreground. The print has been signed by Prince George (later King George V). This photograph is mounted in a frame made of wood from HMS Victory. Photo # NH 105059, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Donation of O.J. Hemphill.
BB-5 Kearsarge 78k Kearsarge (BB-5) leaving Portsmouth with the HMS Victory in the distance. USN / USNI photo.
BB-5 Kearsarge 75k Kearsarge (BB-5), while visiting Portsmouth, England in July 1903. USN / USNI photo.
BB-5 Kearsarge 129k Crewmen, with arms linked, manning the rails and superstructure as the British Prince of Wales (the future King George V) leaves the ship after having lunch on board, at Portsmouth, England, 13 July 1903. Photo # NH 93731, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 110k U.S. Navy officers on board the Kearsarge (BB-5), with three ladies and a British flag officer, circa 13 July 1903, probably at Portsmouth, England.
Seated in the front row are left to right:
Captain Joseph N. Hemphill, USN, Commanding Officer, Kearsarge;
Rear Admiral Sir Edward Chichester, Royal Navy;
Lilian M. Forbes;
Rear Admiral Charles S. Cotton, USN, Commanding U.S. European Squadron;
Jean Forbes;
Mary Bruce; and
an unidentified U.S. Navy Commander.
Identifiable among those standing are:
Ensign Henry George Stewart Wallace, USN, (behind Capt. Hemphill); and
Lieutenant Charles L. Hussey, USN, Flag Secretary to RAdm. Cotten (with full beard, behind RAdm. Cotton).
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 105058. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Donation of O.J. Hemphill.
BB-5 Kearsarge 97k View of the forecastle of Kearsarge (BB-5), looking down between her main and secondary armament, circa 1904. USN / USNI photo.
BB-5 Kearsarge 117k Crewmen posing on deck amidships after coaling ship, circa 1904. This view was probably taken when Kearsarge (BB-5) was serving in the Caribbean as flagship of the North Atlantic Fleet. Photo # NH 67644, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 102k Cast members of the ship's minstrel show, circa 1904. Photo # NH 67645, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 125k Members of the ship's football team, circa 1904. Photo # NH 67646, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 128k Members of the ship's baseball team, circa 1904. Photo # NH 67648, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 126k Members of the ship's athletic teams pose on deck amidships, circa 1904. Among the sports represented are baseball (with flag for the 1904 championship), football and rowing. Photo # NH 67649, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 173k "Pardonable Pride" cartoon by John L. DeMar, published on page 35 of the book "Bohemia", by the International League of Press Clubs, 1904.
It depicts "Uncle Sam" showing off the results of recent U.S. Navy heavy gun target practice, apparently conducted by Kearsarge (BB-5) to the naval figures of England, Germany, France and Italy, as warships of Japan and Russia battle in the background.
Photo # NH 95099, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 64k Circa 1905, underway. USN photo.
BB-5 Kearsarge 56k Before 1st refit, circa 1905. Courtesy of the National Maritime Museum.
BB-5 Kearsarge 140k Sailor's shore drill with either the Kearsarge (BB-5) or Kentucky (BB-6) in the background. Digital ID: ggbain 09798 # 2163746136_f7d0e14983_o. LC-B2- 2299-7. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen. Photo added 11/04/08.
BB-5 Kearsarge 99k Kearsarge (BB-5) in port and replacing damaged 13-inch guns. During target practice off Cape Cruz, Cuba, 13 April 1906, an accidental ignition of a powder charge of a 13-inch gun killed two officers and eight men. Four men were seriously injured. USN / USNI photo. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-5 Kearsarge 99k Ship's officers and men posed on the battleship's foredeck and superstructure. Photograph copyright 1906 by Enrique Muller and published at about that time, in color-tinted form, on a postal card by the American News Company, New York. Photo # NH 91815, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-18 Connecticut185kThe Connecticut (BB-18) leading the other fifteen warships of the "Great White Fleet" into Magdalena Bay, Mexico on 12 March 1908 to take on coal and hold long-delayed target practice. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH-59537, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-18 Connecticut139kThe Connecticut (BB-18) leading the "Great White Fleet" into San Francisco Bay on 6 May 1908. The original photo was taken by C.E. Waterman. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH-59537, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Naval Review in San Francisco Bay, 17 May 1908 155k Panoramic photograph by the Pillsbury Picture Company showing the review of the "Great White Fleet" on 17 May 1908 by Secretary of the Navy Victor A. Metcalf, embarked in Yorktown (PG-1), which is steaming toward the left in the right center of the image. Three destroyers are in the line nearest to the camera (from left to center), with either Hopkins (DD-6) or Hull (DD-7) in the center and Lawrence (DD-8) next astern. Eleven battleships are present, in the rows on the opposite side of Yorktown's course, and seven Pacific Fleet armored cruisers are in the most distant row. Photo # NH 105310, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Great White Fleet112kChart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the route to be taken by the Atlantic Fleet's battleships and their associated Torpedo Flotilla, from their December 1907 departure from Hampton Roads, Virginia, until their planned arrival at San Francisco, California, in the spring of 1908. Text below the chart indicates that it was published in mid-December 1907.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106219. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis. Photo added 12/23/08.
BB-18 Connecticut99kCommanding officers of most of the fleet's ships, photographed in 1908. Those present include (Seated, left to right): Captain Hugo Osterhaus, of Connecticut (BB-18); Captain Kossuth Niles, of Louisiana (BB-19); Captain William P. Potter, of Vermont (BB-20); Captain John Hubbard, of Minnesota (BB-22); Captain Joseph B. Murdock, of Rhode Island (BB-17); Captain Charles E. Vreeland, of Kansas (BB-21).
Standing, left to right): Captain Hamilton Hutchins, of Kearsarge (BB-05); Captain Frank E. Beatty, of Wisconsin (BB-09); Captain Reginald F. Nicholson, of Nebraska (BB-14); Captain Thomas B. Howard, of Ohio (BB-12); Captain William H.H. Southerland, of New Jersey (BB-16); Captain Walter C. Cowles, of Kentucky (BB-06); Captain John M. Bowyer, of Illinois (BB-07); Captain Alexander Sharp, of Virginia (BB-13); Lieutenant Commander Charles B. McVay, of Yankton.
# NH 59552, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 155k A guest looks at an exhibit showing the Kearsarge (BB-05) at the grand opening of the "Great White Fleet" Centennial Exhibit. The New York Council, Navy League of the United States, in collaboration with the Naval Historical Center sponsored the exhibit commemorating the world cruise of the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet, subsequently known as the "Great White Fleet". The exhibition of photos, news accounts and memorabilia highlighting the diplomatic and humanitarian efforts of the ships and their crews will be on display from Nov 14-30. USN photo # N-4245W-028 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wendy Wyman, courtesy of navy.mil.
Great White Fleet 345k The "Great White Fleet" steaming in column, probably while departing Hampton Roads, Virginia, at the start of their cruise around the World, December 1907. Kansas (BB-21) is at left, followed by Vermont (BB-20). USN photo # N-0000X-001 courtesy of navy.mil. Photographed by C.E. Waterman, Hampton, Va.
Great White Fleet112k Chart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the route of the Atlantic Fleet's battleships from their 29 January 1907 departure from Trinidad until their arrival at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 12 January 1908. It emphasizes the offshore course taken to avoid strong westerly currents off the northeastern coast of South America.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106221. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis. Photo added 12/23/08.
Straits of Magellan290k The "Great White Fleet" in the Straits of Magellan, 1908, from a painting by Henry Reuterdahl.Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Great White Fleet129kChart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the movements of the Atlantic Fleet's battleships from their 8 February 1908 passage of the western part of the Straits of Magellan until their arrival at Callao, Peru, on 20 February 1908.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106227b. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis. Photo added 12/23/08.
BB-5 Kearsarge 73k World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet" 1907-09. Kearsarge (BB-5) is in the foreground, with a Miane class (BB-10 / 12) or Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) battleship in the background. USN / USNI photo.
BB-5 Kearsarge 127k In a Pacific Coast harbor during the first half of 1908, while participating in the first leg of the "Great White Fleets" cruise around the World. Photographed by the Romans Photo Company, copyrighted by Asahel Curtis. Photo # NH 79107, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 119k In drydock at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 30 May 1908. Kearsarge (BB-5) was then preparing for the trans-Pacific leg of the "Great White Fleets" voyage around the World. Note her ram bow; figurehead; and anchors. Photographed by E.L. Meyer, Seattle, Washington. Photo # NH 60250, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 102k World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet" 1907-09. Battleships of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Sydney Harbor, Australia, in late August 1908. Kearsarge (BB-5) is in the center, with Kentucky (BB-6) beyond. The original photograph was published on a stereograph card by the Rose Stereograph Company, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington & London. Photo # NH 100337, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-5 Kearsarge 66k World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet" 1907-09, Kearsarge (BB-5) in Sydney Harbor, Australia, in late August 1908. Photo printed on a stereograph card, copyrighted by Underwood & Underwood, and submitted by Warren McLean.
BB-6 Kentucky70k World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet", 1907-09. Stern view of the Kentucky (BB-6) in Sydney Harbor, Australia, in late August 1908. Kearsarge (BB-5) is probably ahead of her. Photo printed on a stereograph card, copyrighted by Underwood & Underwood. Photo courtesy of Warren McLean.
Great White Fleet 100k Postcard published in Japan to commemorate the U.S. Atlantic Fleet's visit there in October 1908. This card features pictures of the Fleet's sixteen battleships, plus images of three Japanese ladies, plus flags and symbols of the United States and Japan. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106114-KN. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
Amoy, China114kBattleships of the Second Squadron, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, saluting during their visit to Amoy, China, circa 30 October - 5 November 1908.
The U.S. Ships are anchored in line of Divisions, with the Third Division closest to the camera. Louisiana (BB-19), flagship of the Second Squadron and Third Division, is partially visible at the far right. Astern of her in the same line are Virginia (BB-13) (right center) and Missouri (BB-11) (left center).
The Fourth Division is anchored just beyond the Third Division's line. Wisconsin (BB-9), Fourth Division flagship, is toward the right [between Virginia and Louisiana]. Astern of her (in no particular order) are Kearsarge (BB-5) and Kentucky (BB-6).
The four grey ships, in the most distant line, all appear to be Chinese cruisers.
US Naval Historical Center Photo # NH 106148. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C.

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