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BB-6 USS KENTUCKY


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 May 15 1900, Decommissioned August 28 1909, Recommissioned June 4 1912. Decommissioned March 29 1920.Stricken May 27 1922.
Fate: Sold March 24 1923 and broken up for scrap.
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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 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-6987kKENTUCKY (BB-6), MOST POWERFUL BATTLESHIP IN THE WORLD
The new United States battleship Kentucky now fast nearing completion in the ship yards at Newport News, will be the most powerful warship in the navy. The date of its launching has not been decided upon, but when Miss Christine Braille, of Kentucky breaks the bottle of champagne on the Kentucky's forehead there will he no more destructive piece of machinery afloat than the new American ship. The Kentucky is one of four sister ships, all of which will soon be finished. The Kentucky bears on her forward and after deck a double turret. Each of these turrets carries two thirteen inch guns. No European power has placed on the deck of a warship any gun more than twelve inches. Thus can the Kentucky strike a blow with which the power of no other warship can compare. A single blow of this kind would disable if not sink the strongest ship of battle afloat. From bow and stern the Kentucky can fire simultaneously a thirteen inch gun.
The Kentucky will draw only twenty-five feet of water, three feet less than the lightest boats now on the sea. She will be able to sail into all the harbors and be docked with less difficulty than the three other boats now building.....
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo & text by Kansas City Journal. (Kansas City, Mo.) 1897-1928, 12 December 1897, Image 18, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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-6 Kentucky60kKentucky (BB-6) ready for launching at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia, 24 March 1898. Note chalk marks on her hull plating, indicating the planned location of fittings and gun ports.USNHC # NH 92506, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
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-5 & 6581kTHE BATTLE-SHIP KENTUCKY (BB-6)
The Namesake of the Grand Old Commonwealth Launched Yesterday, With Governer Bradley's Handsome Daughter as Her Sponsor.
Image and text provided by University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Photo & text by Daily Public Ledger. (Maysville, Ky.) 1892-191?, 25 March 1898, Image 2, 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-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-6417k THE BATTLESHIP KENTUCKY (BB-6).
FORMIDABLE ARMAMENT OF THE NEW BATTLESHIP - DOUBLE DECKED TURRETS.
Showing the bow and superimposed turret.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 26 November 1899, Images 30 & 31, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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-6767kTHE NEW AMERICAN NAVY
Sixty One More War Vessels in Process of Construction
THE BATTLESHIP KENTUCKY (BB-6).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by The Times.(Washington [D.C.]) 1897-1901, 18 February 1900, Second Part, Image 16, 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.
BB-6 Kentucky105kCapt. Colby Mitchell Chester was the Commanding Officer of Kentucky (BB-6) upon her Commissioning on 15 May 1900 until 1901. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-6 Kentucky91kPhotographed in July 1900, a few months after she was commissioned.USNHC # NH 92507.
BB-6 Kentucky70kStern view of Kentucky (BB-6). Similar to above photo. Photograph copyrighted in 1900 and published on a stereographic card by Underwood & Underwood.Photo # NH 100304, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-61.02kGREAT SHOW OF NAVAL FORCE.
ADMIRAL REMEY'S FLEET ON THE ASIATIC STATION TO BE LARGELY INCREASED. AMERICAN POLICY IN CHINA OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED
THE UNITED STATES BATTLESHIP KENTUCKY (BB-6)
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 23 September 1900, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-6 Kentucky84kKentucky (BB-6) photographed in October 1900, after repainting the entire superstructure buff color.USNHC # NH 74100.
BB-6 Kentucky1.21k OUR FLEET IN THE ORIENT
THE BATTLESHIP KENTUCKY (BB-6).
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from Deseret Evening News.(Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 13 October 1900, Part 3, Image 19, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-6 Kentucky88kShip's officers on deck at the New York Navy Yard, prior to Kentucky's (BB-6) 25 October 1900 departure for the Far East.USNHC # NH 46715
BB-6 Kentucky51kA watercolor by the artist Richard C. Moore entitled "USS Kentucky.
The Kentucky (BB-6) is pictured in her original configuration as she steams through moderate seas.
Photo courtesy of ship-paintings.com. Courtesy of the artist Richard C. Moore.
BB-6 Kentucky180kOfficer at stern in front of Kentucky's (BB-6) after turret.Photo courtesy of Jim Geldert.
BB-6 Kentucky87k1900 image (bow on) showing Kentucky's (BB-6) secondary battery atop her main battery. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LOC) / USN photo.
BB-6 Kentucky80kStern view taken at the same time as above.Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LOC) / USN.
BB-6 Kentucky95kHalftone photograph of 13-inch armor piercing shells on deck, circa 1900. Published on a stereographic card.USNHC # NH 82666, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky87kLoading ammunition on Kentucky (BB-6), circa 1900.USNHC # NH 82668, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky72kKentucky (BB-6), circa 1900.USNHC # NH 61957, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky318kPhotograph taken circa 1900. It has been color-tinted and published on a post card.Partial Text courtesy of USNHC # NH 52047-KN, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Eno from the Raymond Strout collection.
BB-6 Kentucky85kKentucky (BB-6), circa 1900.USNHC # NH 74098, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky376kKentucky (BB-6), probably at Brooklyn Navy Yard, circa 1900-01.Photo Detroit Publishing Co. no. 020484, by Edward H. Hart, courtesy of Tommy Trammp.
BB-6 Kentucky1.44k KENTUCKY (BB-6) NOW TRAINS BIG GUNS ON MOROCCO. Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from Deseret Evening News.(Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 24 November 1900, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-63.30kTURKEY SHOWS ADDITIONAL UNFRIENDLINESS TO AMERICA AND VIOLATES ALL TREATIES. THE PORT OF SMYRNA. TO WHICH PLACE THE BATTLESHIP KENTUCKY (BB-6) IS BOUND. TO REMIND THE SULTAN THAT HE OWES UNCLE SAM INDEMNITY. THE SULTAN IS ALSO PICTURED IN THE ABOVE ILLUSTRATIONImage and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 24 November 1900, Image 1 & Virginian-Pilot.(Norfolk, Va.) 1898-1911, 29 November 1900, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-61.72kCaptain of Battleship Kentucky (BB-6) Said to Be Acting Under His Own Discretion.Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 04 December 1900, Image 5, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-6 Kentucky120kOfficers of Kentucky (BB-6) at Algiers, circa January 1901.USNHC # NH 46714, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6338k Kentucky (BB-6) taking on ammunition, circa 1901.
The crew is seemingly engaged watching a shell being tied down to hoist.
Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 4a14334v from lcweb2.loc.gov
BB-6 Kentucky88kRADM. Robley Dunglison "Fighting Bob" Evans, Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet, chose the battleship Kentucky (BB-6) as his flagship at Yokohama on 4 November 1902; and he continued to direct American naval operations in the Far East from her until she sailed from Manila for home on 13 March 1904.Photo courtesy of the Naval History & Heritage Command Center via Bill Gonyo.
BB-6 Kentucky 2.60k Kentucky (BB-6) all dressed up at Kobe for the Japanese Emporer's birthday in October, 1903. Scanned from "Proceedings", June, 1960, p.26. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-6 Kentucky570kTHE BATTLE SHIP AND CRUISER FLEET ARRIVES
Seven Powerful Warships, With Two Admirals and Over 3000 Men on Board, Enter the Harbor to Take on Supplies.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Text by The Hawaiian Gazette.(Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918, 18 December 1903, Image 1.
Photo courtesy of The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1885-1921, 22 July 1908, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon830kTHE SPLENDID FLAGSHIP KENTUCKY (BB-6), HER RECORD AND HER EXPECTATIONS.Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1885-1921, 18 December 1903, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon997kTHE KENTUCKY'S BEAR.Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1885-1921, 18 December 1903, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-6 Kentucky636kAMID STRAINS OF "THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME" FLEET SAILS FOR CAVITE
Kentucky (BB-6), Cincinnati (C-7), Albany (CL-23) & Raleigh (C-8) AT ANCHOR OUTSIDE THE HARBOR.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo & text by The Hawaiian Gazette. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918, 01 January 1904, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-6 Kentucky519kKENTUCKY (BB-6) BREAKS RECORD OF WORLD!
The United States battleship Kentucky anchored in New York Bay Saturday, having made the world's record for a warship from Hong Kong and Madeira to New York. The total distance steamed was 12,699 miles from Hong Kong, at an average speed of 12.7 knts. The last run of 2,900 miles, from Madeira to New York, was made at an average speed of 13.8 knots. The whole distance was made under natural draught.
Image and text provided by University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Photo & text by Daily Public Ledger.(Maysville, Ky.) 1892-191?, 26 May 1904, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-6 Kentucky857kEarly 1900's stern view of the Kentucky's (BB-6) aft dual 13"/8"turret. Large gun ports were necessary due to the guns being mounted toward the back of the turret. Small caliber rapid fire guns are mounted in the main mast fighting tops. 8x10 inch glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Company, courtesy of Library of Congress photo via shorpy.com
BB-6 Kentucky935kWater flows from the Kentucky's (BB-6) bow, circa 1900-04.US National Archives photo # 80G-1035078-2 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-6 Kentucky86kPhotographed during the early 1900s, while painted with buff colored superstructure down to the main deck.USNHC # NH 91347, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky93kCrew members and Marines photographed on the forecastle, during the early 1900s. Color-tinted photograph, published on a postcard by Raphael Tuck & Sons under the title "Guns and Gunners of the Kentucky (BB-6)". Note the superimposed 13-inch/8-inch gun turret behind the men, with a decorative eagle mounted on its face.USNHC # NH 94278-KN, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky68kKentucky (BB-6) entering Havana Harbor, Cuba, circa 1905. Note photographer on rocks in the center foreground.Photo # NH 83709, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky100kDressed with flags, at a naval review in about 1907. Indiana (BB-1) is in the background.Photo # NH 93054, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky114kPlaying Checkers on board a U.S. Man O'War. Photograph by Enrique Muller, circa 1905. Color-tinted and published on a post card by the American News Company, New York. Ship is probably Kentucky (BB-6), which had a turret decoration like that seen in upper right.Photo # NH 101259-KN, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-8 Alabama 3.28k BATTLESHIPS IN CRASH
TWO RUN AGROUND
Alabama (BB-8) Rams Kentucky (BB-6) in Avoiding Stranded Kearsarge (BB-5) All Off.

While five of the big battleships of the North Atlantic squadron, under Rear Admiral Evans,were steaming out to sea yesterday, bound for Hampton Roads, the Kearsarge and the Kentucky went aground, about noon, off the northwest point of the East Bank, about a mile and a half south of Norton's Island and two miles east of West Bank Light. The Alabama, fourth in line, tore through the channel and struck the Kentucky on the starboard quarter with terrific force, tearing a hole in her own port bow and seriously damaging the Kentucky. The fleet was proceeding under reduced speed, probably not more than seven or eight knots, when the high wind and strong tide eddies played havoc with the Kentucky, forcing her to swing almost half a mile off the main channel.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.& University of California, Riverside.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 08 January 1906, Image 1, & The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, Image 3 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-8 Alabama 3.41k THE DAMAGED BATTLESHIP KENTUCKY (BB-6).
GUNHOLE IN THE KENTUCKY SHOWING DOORS SMASHED IN COLLISION.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 09 January 1906, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-8 Alabama 640k Battleships in Danger.
These three battleships figured in a remarkable naval accident in New York bay 7 January. The Kentucky (BB-6) which ran aground and was rammed by the Alabama (BB-8) is in the picture at the upper left. The Alabama is in the upper right. At the lower left is the Kearsarge (BB-5) which also ran aground. The diagram in the lower right shows how the accidents occurred. It is drawn from a description furnished by Rear Admiral Davis.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Spanish Fork Press. (Spanish Fork, Utah) 1902-current, 18 January 1906, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maine273kMaine as it is now, with Kentucky (BB-6) in the background, Havana, 3 September 1906. Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 3a23342r from lcweb2.loc.gov
Indiana1.71kTHREE BIG FIGHTERS NOW ON THE WAY TO JOIN AMERICAN FLEET AT HAVANA Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by Enrique Muller Jr., from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 26 September 1906, Last Edition, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-6 Kentucky 140k Photographed 1907, after being repainted with buff color above the first superstructure deck and white below that level.Photo by Enrique Muller, from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19N), Box 4. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
Digital ID: # ggbain 24486v, LC-B2-4222-7. Source: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Text courtesy of photo # NH 61239.
BB-6 Kentucky99k"And still the band played on". Caption from a postcard photo of the Kentucky (BB-6), circa 1905-08. Photo # NH 52046-KN, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky72kColor-tinted photograph of the ship in about 1905-08, published on a post card by the Hugh C. Leighton Company, Portland, Maine.Photo # NH 101224-KN, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky2.33kTHE BATTLESHIP KENTUCKY (BB-6)
Which went aground near Norfolk yesterday. Battleship Rescued from Mud Flats Near Norfolk, Vn.
Photo by Enrique Muller.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 09 October 1907, Image 3 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-5 Kearsarge 140k Sailor's shore drill with either the Kearsarge (BB-5) or Kentucky (BB-6) in the background.
This photo also appears here, indicating that they are from the Idaho (BB-24). The photo appeared in the The Daytona Daily News.(Daytona, Fla.) 1903-1926, 17 December 1909, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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.
BB-22 Minnesota 230k Steroscopic color print of the view from the bridge of the Minnesota (BB-22) during the Jamestown Exhibition. The Kentucky (BB-6) is closest to the ship. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
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.
Straits of Magellan290k The "Great White Fleet" in the Straits of Magellan, 1908, from a painting by Henry Reuterdahl.Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
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.
PDF Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 29 March 1908, Image 5, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-5 Kearsarge 573k Atlantic Fleet entering Golden Gate 6th May 1908. Library of Congress photo # pan 6a33669, from the Panoramic View Co., Chas. Z. Bailey, Mgr., Los Angeles, Cal. submitted by Tom Kermen.
Fleet at Long Beach 507k The fleet at San Diego, Calif., 5, May 1908.
What looks like two Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleships to the left; a Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) battleship in the center with what might be three other Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleships in the immediate distance; two Illinois class (BB-7 / 9) battleships are on the right corner, behind them are the two Kearsarge class (BB-5 / 6) battleships and a Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) or Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleship in the right corner of the photo.
Library of Congress photo # pan 6a33626, by W. D. Lambert; submitted by Tom Kermen.
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.
GWF493kBATTLESHIP FLEET ARRIVED HERE IN FINE TRIM
BATTLESHIP PASSING DIAMOND HEAD.
What looks to be the Kearsarge (BB-5) or her sister Kentucky (BB-6) is in the foreground.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo & text by The Hawaiian Gazette. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918, 17 July 1908, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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 stereographic card by the Rose Stereograph Company, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington & London. Photo # NH 100337, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
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 stereographic card, copyrighted by Underwood & Underwood, and submitted by Warren McLean.
BB-6 Kentucky365k Kentucky (BB-6) in a California port, 1908. The photo is from a collection called "California Reception to the Fleet 1908. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
GWF901kTHE ATLANTIC FLEET OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY
From Official Bulletin of Bureau of Navigation showing the Vessels off the Port of Callao practicing the Gridiron maneuver. This is considered by Naval authorities to be the most dangerous evolution in steam tactics and its improper execution caused the loss of HMS Victoria with 798 men in 1893.
Picture faithfully represents the entire Fleet in official formation and vessels can be identified by numbers corresponding to table appended:
First Divison
1. Connecticut (BB-18), Flagship, 2. Kansas (BB-21), 3. Vermont (BB-20), 4. Louisiana (BB-19),
Second Division
5. Georgia (BB-15), Flagship, 6. New Jersey (BB-16), 7. Rhode Island (BB-17), 8. Virginia (BB-13),
18 Torpedo Flotilla
Whipple (DD-15), Truxtun (DD-14), Lawrence (DD-8), Stewart (DD-13), Hopkins (DD-6) & Hull (DD-7)
Third Division
9. Minnesota (BB-22), Flagship, 10. Ohio (BB-12), 11. Missouri (BB-11), 12. Maine (BB-10)
17. Yankton {Special Dispatch Tender}
Fourth Division
13. Alabama (BB-8), Flagship 14. Illinois (BB-7), 15. Kearsarge (BB-5), 16. Kentucky (BB-6)
19. Auxiliaries
Glacier, [refrigerating ship], Panther,[repair ship], Culgea, [storeship] & Arethusa,[torpedo flotilla tender].
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by The National Tribune. (Washington, D.C.) 1877-1917, 24 September 1908, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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.
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-5); Captain Frank E. Beatty, of Wisconsin (BB-9); 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-6); Captain John M. Bowyer, of Illinois (BB-7); Captain Alexander Sharp, of Virginia (BB-13); Lieutenant Commander Charles B. McVay, of Yankton.
Photo # NH 59552, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Society of Sponsors of the U.S. Navy96kSociety of Sponsors of the U.S. Navy. Attendees at the Society's organizational meeting, in Washington, D.C., February 1908. The photograph was given to the Society by Mrs. Annie Keith Frazier Somerville, one of its founders. Her mother had sent a photographer to Washington's Willard Hotel to take this view. The fourteen sponsors present to organize the Society were (Those identified on the photograph are marked "**"): Mrs. G.F. Toland; ** Mrs. John P. Pels (Miss R.W. Wright), Sponsor of Denver (C-14); ** Mrs. Earl Morgan (Miss Elizabeth Stephenson), Sponsor of Wisconsin (BB-9); Miss Helen Duchler, Sponsor of Ohio (BB-12); Mrs. George Sturdevant (Miss M.L. Drake), Sponsor of Iowa (BB-4); ** Miss Lorna Pinnock, Sponsor of Salem (CS-3); Miss Harriet Rankin; Miss Dorothy Sproul, Sponsor of Chester (CS-1); Miss Ida May Shearer; ** Miss Mary Campbell, Sponsor of Birmingham (CS-2); ** Miss Keith Frazier, Sponsor of Tennessee (ACR-10); ** Mrs. John South (Miss Christine Bradley), Sponsor of Kentucky (BB-6); ** Miss Minnie Conrad, Sponsor of Montana (ACR-13). The little girl is Miss Eleanor Gow. Collection of the Society of Sponsors of the U.S. Navy. Photo # NH 95456, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky69kOff New York City during a Naval Review, circa 1912. Photo # NH 52045, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky79kPhotograph taken circa 1912-1916, after modernization with "basket" masts. It has been color-tinted and published on a post card.Photo # NH 52048-KN, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky145kShip's officers, crew and Marines, circa 1914. Most of the Marines are wearing khaki field uniforms.Photo # NH 52044, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky76kKentucky (BB-6) underway, circa the mid-1910s, with a short-range battle target hung between her funnels.
The original image, copyrighted by N. Moser, New York, is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106264. Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.
BB-6 Kentucky652kNO MENIAL DUTIES AWAIT ROOKIES ON SUMMER SEA CRUISE Image and text provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ.
Photo & text by Bisbee Daily Review. (Bisbee, Ariz.) 1901-1971, 09 July 1916, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 10/18/13.
BB-6 Kentucky62k"Naval militiamen lined up for roll call on the deck of the Kentucky (BB-6), on which they are taking a practice cruise." USN photo by Underwood & Underwood, courtesy of memory.loc.gov. Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 23 July 1916, page 14.
BB-6 Kentucky771kMANY STATES SEND NAVAL MILITIAMEN FOR PRACTICE CRUISE ON BATTLESHIPS
Naval militiamen lined up on battleship Kentucky's (BB-6) deck.

Forty-five hundred naval militiamen from eighteen states are now participating in naval maneuvers near the Block Island mobilization base. During the cruise the militiamen are paired with bluejackets of the regular service of corresponding grades and it is the duty of each bluejacket to his comrade in the duties that the militiamen would have to perform in the event the naval militia were called into active service in time of war.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Ogden Standard.(Ogden City, Utah) 1913-1920, 25 July 1916, 4 P.M. CITY EDITION, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-6 Kentucky639kUnited States battleship Kentucky (BB-6) leaving Brooklyn, N. Y., with a large number of men from business life to learn the art of naval warfare. J. P. Morgan's son and other well known families are represented. Image and text provided by University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Photo & text by Kentucky Irish American. (Louisville, Ky.) 1898-1968, 02 September 1916, Image 4, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-6 Kentucky51kMay 1918 photo by Enrique Miller of the Kentucky (BB-6) on duty as a training ship off Yorktown, Va. She trained recruits on cruises in Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic coast as far north as Long Island Sound. Photograph from RG-165WW, Fiche 1380, in the U.S. National Archives, courtesy of Dan Treadwell. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-6 Kentucky704kGov. Coolidge and Mayor Peters inspecting famous anti aircraft gun on the Kentucky (BB-6), May 1919.Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via flickr.com.
BB-6 Kentucky356kPhotographed circa 1918, while serving as a training ship. Most of her main deck 5-inch guns have been removed, leaving only those in the corners.Text courtesy of USNHC photo # NH 60354.
US National Archives photo # 80G-1035077 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-6 Kentucky62kKentucky (BB-6) photographed circa 1918 by O.W. Waterman, Hampton, Virginia. Many of her main deck 5-inch guns have been removed, leaving only four per side.Photo # NH 80744, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 138k Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania.
Ships in the Navy Yard's Reserve Basin, circa spring 1919. Panoramic photograph taken by Keystone Photo Studios, 817 So. Broad St., Philadelphia. The following ships can be identified from among those present:
Rowan (DD-64)); Preston (DD-19); Macdonough (DD-09); Patterson (DD-36); St. Louis (C-12); Ohio (BB-12); SC-342 ; SC-344 ; Alabama (BB-8); Kearsarge (BB-5); Illinois (BB-7); Ozark (M-7); Kentucky (BB-6); and Hancock (AP-3).
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 98604, from the collection of Eugene Bennett, donated by his daughter, Jene B. Hart, September 1988.
BB-6 Kentucky717kThis petty officer of the Kentucky (BB-6) is putting the finishing touches on a perfect scale model of that famous battleship, which is now considered obsolete and is soon to be delegated to the junk heap by the Navy Department. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 31 August 1919, Image 47, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Plowshares 1.3m Turning Uncle Sam's Sea Fighters into Plowshares.
Scene at Philadelphia where Henry A. Hlitner's sons are scrapping the one-time prides of the United States Navy - a task made necessary by the Limitation of Armament Treaty. The battleships are: left to right - Missouri (BB-11), Maine (BB-10), Wisconsin (BB-9) and Kentucky (BB-6).
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 29 July 1922, Image 16.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC., courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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). Photo # NH 42525, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky264k Bell of the Kentucky (BB-6) at the Kentucky Military History Museum, Frankfort, Kentucky, 5 December 2004. Photo, copyright courtesy of Hugh Hudson.
BB-6 Kentucky181kKentucky's (BB-6) silver set donated to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The set, except for two cups, is located in the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort, Kentucky. The value at the date of donation was $30,000. The excluded cups reside in the Lt. Governor's Mansion and the submarine Kentucky (SSBN-737). Photo, copyright courtesy of Hugh Hudson.
BB-6 Kentucky203kKentucky's (BB-6) silver set donated to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Made by J. E. Caldwell & Co., this elaborate presentation silver represents the opulence of the late Victorian era. Engraved on the bowl are the words "Presented to the Battleship Kentucky (BB-6)".Photo, copyright courtesy of Hugh Hudson.
(NISMF)376kA 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 Kentucky Images
15 General Views Of Kentucky From The Library Of Congress Server.
12 Crew Images Of Kentucky From The Library Of Congress Server.
9 Interior Views Of Kentucky From The Library Of Congress Server.

USS KENTUCKY BB-6 History
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