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BB-6 USS KENTUCKY
1896 - 1900


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1901 - 1911
1912 - 1923


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.
Photo added 06/07/13.
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.

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
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
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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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