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BB-6 USS KENTUCKY
1912 - 1923


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1896 - 1899
1900 - 1911


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 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. Photo added 12/23/08.
BB-6 Kentucky62k"Naval militiamen lined up for rollcall 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 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 Kentucky56kPhotographed 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.USN photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19N), Roll 18. Box4, courtesy of Dan Treadwell. Text courtesy of USNHC photo # NH 60354.
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-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 Dec 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
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
Not Applicable To This Ship
Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Links To Various Related Kentucky Web Resources.

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