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BB-6 USS KENTUCKY
1901 - 1911


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1896 - 1900
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-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.
Photo added 07/05/13.
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
Photo & text by The Hawaiian Gazette.(Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918, 18 December 1903, Image 1,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.
Photo added 07/05/13.
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 SK/3 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 (BB-18 / 22 -25) class battleships to the left; a Virginia (BB-13 / 17) class battleship in the center with what might be three other Connecticut class battleships in the immediate distance; two Illinois (BB-7 / 9) class battleships are on the right corner, behind them are the two Kearsarge (BB-5) class battleships and a Virginia or Connecticut class 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-05), 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-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.

USS KENTUCKY BB-6 History
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