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BB-6 USS KENTUCKY
1900 - 1911


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1896 - 1899
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 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 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-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 1908 and published on a stereograph card by Underwood & Underwood.Photo # NH 100304, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky84kKentucky(BB-6) photographed in October 1900, after repainting the entire superstructure buff color.USNHC # NH 74100.
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 Kentucky33kPort side view of the Kentucky(BB-6), circa 1900, as built. USN photo.
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 #3.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 stereograph 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 Kentucky96kPhotograph taken circa 1900. It has been color-tinted and published on a post card. USNHC # NH 52047-KN, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky85kKentucky (BB-6), circa 1900.USNHC # NH 74098, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky175kEarly 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 mountedin the main mast fighting tops.USN photo.
BB-6 Kentucky71kKentucky (BB-6), circa 1900-04.USNHC # NH 61959, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
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 Kentucky120kOfficers of Kentucky (BB-6) at Algiers, circa January 1901.USNHC # NH 46714, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-6 Kentucky84kA circa 1900's postcard of the Kentucky (BB-6) drawn by Edward H. Mitchell Publishers of San Francisco, CA.Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
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.
a href="http://navsource.org/archives/01/005/010609.jpg">BB-6 Kentucky 140k Photographed 1907, after being repainted with buff color above the first superstructure deck and white below that level.Digital ID: # ggbain 24486v, LC-B2-4222-7. Source: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Text courtesy of photo # NH 61239. Photo added 11/04/08.
BB-6 Kentucky160kSame photo as above but not retouched.Photo by Enrique Muller, from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19N), Box 4. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
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.
a href="http://navsource.org/archives/01/005/010525.jpg">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.
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.
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.
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 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 stereograph card, copyrighted by Underwood & Underwood, and submitted by 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.
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.
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.

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.

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