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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 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
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 Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 23 July 1916, page 14.
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
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
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
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
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
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

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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