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BB-11 USS MISSOURI


Maine Class Battleship: Displacement 12,500 Tons, Dimensions, 393' 11" (oa) x 72' 3" x 26' 8" (Max), Armament 4 x 12"/40 16 x 6"/50, 6 x 3"/50 2 x 18" tt. Armor, 11" Belt, 12" Turrets, 4" Decks, 10" Conning Tower. Machinery, 16,000 IHP; 2 vertical, Inverted, triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 18 Knots, Crew 561.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News VA., February 7, 1900. Launched December 28, 1901. Commissioned January 12, 1903. Decommissioned September 8, 1919. Stricken July 1, 1921.
Fate: Sold January 26, 1922 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-11 Missouri 104k WILL CHRISTEN THE MISSOURI (BB-11)
ST. Louis, 10 April 1899. - Miss Marion Cockrell who has been to selected to christen the big battleship Missouri, is the daughter of the junior United States Senator from this State. She is a typical Southern beauty and is not yet 20. Miss Cockrell reflects in her fair face the genius and the spirit of the man whose daughter she is. When Secretary Lane chose her for the sponsor of what it is believed will be the strongest battleship afloat, he merely followed his own desires; for Miss Cockrell is a fast friend of the secretary's daughter. In choosing her the secretary did not make an innovation upon the custom of selecting a high type of American feminine beauty and of American young womanhood which has proverbially launched American ships of war.
She would marry Edson F. Gallaudet and become one of the first female aviators.
Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX. & Library of Congress, Washington, DC. & State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo by The Houston Daily Post. (Houston, Tex.) 1886-1903, 16 April 1899, Mailable Edition, Image 4, & The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 16 & 19 February 1908, Magazine Section, Images 31 & 3, & The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 20 December 1902, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri51k Outboard profile plan, prepared by the ship's builders, the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia, during the design process, 1899. Some details were changed prior to Missouri's (BB-11) completion in December 1903. The original drawing is plan number 80-16-22 in the National Archives' Record Group 19. USNHC # NH 76638.
BB-11 Missouri 715k The Magnificent New BATTLESHIP MISSOURI (BB-11) Soon to Be Launched.
From a sketch furnished by the U. S. Naval Bureau of Construction. Her Sister Ships are the new Maine (BB-10) and the Ohio (BB-12).
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo by The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 17 February 1901, Magazine Section, Image 33, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 797k MISSOURI (BB-11), Mightiest Monarch of the Fighting Kings of the United States Navy, IS 40 PER CENT COMPLETE.
One of the great turrets of the Missouri. In speed, displacement and offensive and defensive equipment she is expected to excel any other vessel carrying Uncle Sam's colors, and to be more than a match for any ship in the world.
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo by The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 23 June 1901, Magazine Section, Image 39, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 727k Miss Cockrell will christen the battleship named for her home State at Newport News not later than, January. There is even a possibility that the ship may be launched late in December. Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo by The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 09 November 1901, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 890k BATTLESHIP MISSOURI (BB-11) SLIPS INTO THE SEA.
Amid the inspiring strains 'of the "Star-Spangled Banner" and with cheers from 10,000 lungs for the "grand old state of Missouri....Miss Marion Cockrell broke a bottle of Missouri wine upon the bow of the noble battleship and' said: "I christen thee, Missouri". It was a perfect launch....
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo by The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 10 December 1901, Image 3 & 29 December 1901, PART I, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 2.87k BATTLESHIP MISSOURI (BB-11) SLIDES FROM WAYS AT NEWPORT NEWS SHIPYARD WHILE CHEERS OF FIFTEEN THOUSAND SPECTATORS RESOUND
Miss Marion Cockrell Breaks the Traditional Bottle of Champagne and at the Post-Launching Banquet Secretary Long Urges the Need of Increasing the Navy of the United States
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 29 December 1901, Image 17, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 2.93k THE BATTLESHIP MISSOURI (BB-11) LAUNCHED YESTERDAY.
As she will look when completed.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 29 December 1901, Image 19, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 1.89k BATTLESHIP MISSOURI (BB-11)
The New Vessel Launched at Newport News Va
Image and text provided by University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Photo by The Hickman Courier. (Hickman, Ky.) 1859-current, 03 January 1902, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
ARKANSAS 166k The monitor Arkansas (M-7) fitting out at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., 1 July 1902. Her armament is completely installed and the ship is only four months away from commissioning. The ship in the background is the battleship Missouri (BB-11). USN photo & text courtesy of "Monitors of the U.S. Navy, 1861-1937", pg 46, by Lt. Richard H. Webber, USNR-R. (LOC) Library of Congress, Catalog Card No. 77-603596.
BB-11 Missouri56kMissouri (BB-11) as completed, line drawing by A.D. Baker III. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-11 Missouri605kPRACTICAL EVIDENCE OF GERMANY'S GOOD WILL
German Cruiser Gazelle and U. S. Battleship Missouri (BB-11) in the same Dry Dock at Newport News, Va.
Image and text provided by Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, KS.
USN Photo by The Wichita Daily Eagle. (Wichita, Kan.) 1890-1906, 28 May 1903, LAST EDITION, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri88kFitting out at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia, 30 June 1903. A crane barge is alongside.Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. USNHC # NH 19-N-2-12-10.
BB-11 Missouri73kAt dockside, circa 1903-08. Note prisoner working party at left, guarded by Marines and moving a handcart full of debris.USNHC # NH 67619.
BB-11 Missouri 1.51k FASTEST BATTLESHIP
WORLD'S RECORD MADE BY UNCLE SAM'S NEW MISSOURI (BB-11)
Image and text provided by Indiana State Library.
Photo by The Indianapolis Journal. (Indianapolis [Ind.]) 1867-1904, 22 October 1903, Image 5, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 647k BATTLESHIP MISSOURI (BB-11) PROVES NEW QUEEN OF THE SEAS Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo by Palestine Daily Herald. (Palestine, Tex.) 1902-1949, 31 October 1903, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 875k BATTLESHIP TESTIMONIAL COMMITTEE BEGINS WORK OF RAISING SUBSCRIPTION. Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo by The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 11 November 1903, PART I, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Turret Fire
BB-11 Missouri477k Missouri (BB-11) Turret Fire, 13 April 1904. Color-tinted photograph, printed on a postal card; entitled "Bringing the bodies ashore." The original postcard was published by the American News Company as Number 1 in the series "How the United States honors its Naval Heroes".Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-11 Missouri119k Missouri (BB-11) Turret Fire, 13 April 1904. Color-tinted photograph, printed on a postal card, showing the funeral procession for the victims of the tragedy. The original postcard was published by the Rochester News Company as Number 5 in the series "How the United States honors its Naval Heroes". USNHC # NH 91708.
BB-11 Missouri101kMissouri (BB-11) Turret Fire, 13 April 1904. Color-tinted photograph, printed on a postal card, showing the burial ceremonies for the victims of the tragedy. The original postcard was published by the American News Company as Number 6 in the series "How the United States honors its Naval Heroes". USNHC # NH 94969-KN
BB-11 Missouri103k Missouri (BB-11) Turret Fire, 13 April 1904. Color-tinted photograph, printed on a postal card, showing the burial ceremonies for the victims of the tragedy. The original postcard was published by the American News Company as Number 3 in the series "How the United States honors its Naval Heroes". USNHC # NH 101213-KN.
BB-11 Missouri 883k BURYING THE HEROES OF THE PENSACOLA NAVAL TRAGEDY.
Bearing the remains of the sailor victims of the explosion on the Battleship Missouri (BB-11) to the National Cemetery at Pensacola.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1885-1921, 13 May 1904, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 3.68k THRILLING LIVES
EXPLOSION ON BOARD THE MISSOURI (BB-11) 13 April 1904
There was no mistaking that sullen "boom." It meant an explosion of powderóbut vastly more than that, for beneath the turret was the handling room where the shells and powder sacks were passed up,and to either side were the racks' where these explosives are stored ó the powder magazine, containing tons of the annihilating stuff, enough to work havoc against the entire fleet, enough to blow to atom's the battleship and the 600 human souls aboard her!
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 12 September 1909, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 1.86k 14 KILLED ON WARSHIP MISSOURI (BB-11).
Gun Bursts in the After Turret of the Battleship and Five of Her Officers and Nine Men Lose Their Lives at Target Practice
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo by The Evening World. ((New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 13 April 1904, 11 O'Clock Night Extra, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov..
BB-11 Missouri 1.44k NAVAL OFFICERS LOSE THEIR LIVES ON THE MISSOURI (BB-11).
WARSHIP MISSOURI NARROWLY ESCAPES WHEN POWDER EXPLODES IN THE TURRET
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 14 April 1904, Images 1 & 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri2.82kSOME OF THE OFFICERS KILLED ON THE BATTLESHIP MISSOURI (BB-11) ON APRIL 13.
1 Midshipman "W. K. T. Neuman, who was acting as timekeeper. 2 and 3 Midshipman Thomas Ward, Jr., and Lieutenant W. C. Davidson, officers in charge of after turret of the Missouri and handling room Below. 4 Lieutenant J. P. V. Gridley, United States Marine Corps,who was acting as recorder In the turret at the time.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 21 April 1904, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 889k Pensacola, Fla. April 13. The most serious accident that has occurred in the American navy since the blowing up of the Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898 happened today on the magnificent battleship Missouri (BB-11) while she was engaged in target practice at a range about fifteen miles distant from the naval station here.Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo by The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 14 April 1904, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 2.60k EXPLOSION ON THE MISSOURI (BB-11)
UNITED STATES BATTLESHIP MISSOURI . ON WHICH AN EXPLOSION TOOK PLACE OFF PENSACOLA, KILLING FIVE OFFICERS AND TWENTY-FOUR MEN.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 14 April 1904, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 3.37k MISSOURI (BB-11) APPEARS TO BE HOODOOED.
Capt. William S. Cowles, Commanding Officer & the after turret, where the explosion occurred.
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo by The Tacoma Times. (Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 19 April 1904, Image 4, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-8 Alabama 816k AMERICA'S STRONGEST SQUADRON.
VESSELS OF NORTH ATLANTIC FLEET ASSEMBLED AT PENSACOLA.
Officers and Crew of Battleship Alabama (BB-8).
After-turret of the Battleship Missouri (BB-11) in which the charge of the twelve-inch gun at left prematurely exploded killing thirty-two men and wounding two.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1885-1921, 06 May 1904, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri119kLieutenant Commander William S. Sims, USN, Inspector of Target Practice. Cartoon invitation from the Wardroom Officers of Missouri (BB-11) to LCdr. Sims, inviting him to a "silent dinner" on 15 September 1904. The drawing and text refer to Sims' position at that time as the Navy's effective "Czar" of gunnery. "Ping" and "Pong" are his assistants, Lieutenants Ridley McLean and Powers Symington. USNHC # NH 89489 KN.
BB-11 Missouri72k Missouri (BB-11) anchored off New York City, 1905. USNHC photo # NH 105554, from the collection of Warren Beltramini, donated by Beryl Beltramini, 2007.
BB-11 Missouri108kColorized photo postcard of the Missouri (BB-11) showing her 13" inch main battery, by Enrique Muller, copyright 1905 from the Illustrated Postal Card Company, New York. Photograph contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-11 Missouri 842k Battleship Missouri (BB-11), which yesterday received from a party of Missourians, a handsome silver bell.Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo by Daily Press. (Newport News, Va.) 1896-current, 04 June 1905, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri75kCirca 1905, at speed.
BATTLESHIP MISSOURI (BB-11) IS FASTEST IN AMERICAN NAVY.
The battleship Missouri which defeated other vessels of the North Atlantic fleet in a race from Newport to New York. In the race just won by the Missouri the average speed was 18.22 knots.
Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
USN Photo by The McCook Tribune (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, 11 August 1905, Image 7.
Insert PDF by The Alliance Herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922, 10 August 1905, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri82k Colorized photo postcard of the Missouri (BB-11) by Edward H. Mitchell, circa 1906. Photograph contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-11 Missouri115kCooks gallery aboard the Missouri (BB-11) circa 1906.Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
BB-11 Missouri252kStereoscopic color print of the one of the close shaves of a sailor's life on the Missouri (BB-11).Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
BB-11 Missouri365k Missouri (BB-11) in drydock at Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston MA.Post card by Mason Brothers, Boston, MA.
Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
Photo added 08/10/14.
BB-11 Missouri 1.63k What does a man feel after he has lifted a ton? When some one asked that question of "Pop" Kennedy, shell man aboard the Missouri (BB-11), one of Uncle Sam's visiting warships, last week, he replied: "It makes yer feel like" Just then the officer of the day appeared with in earshot and "Pop" bit the answer off and saluted. Then, as an afterthought, he added: "That is. it makes yer feel like that at first, but after you get used to it, say. it's dead easy."
"Pop," as his messmates call him, is one of the shell men aboard the Missouri who got into the habit of lifting a ton in course of the recent target practice of the ships of the Atlantic fleet in the harbor of Guantanamo, Cuba. Of course, the ton lifted was not in a solid bulk, for the several tons lifted almost daily by the Missouri's men were each cut up into twenty parts and were in the shape of 100-pound projectiles. These had to be lifted from the floor and placed in the breech of a 6 inch rifle. There are records to show that the feat was accomplished by "Pop" in twenty-eight seconds.
Image provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 20 May 1906, Image 18, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri84kMembers of Missouri's (BB-11) baseball team.Photo courtesy of Manning Harvey III, QMCS(SS) USN,RET.
BB-11 Missouri143kPosing in the galley of the Missouri (BB-11). Photo courtesy of Manning Harvey III, QMCS(SS) USN,RET.
BB-1 Indiana 1.41k SNUBBED SHIPS AND THEIR COMMANDER
The Battleship Missouri (BB-11) Is Shown in the Top Picture, the Battleship Indiana (BB-1) in the Lower. Admiral Davis in Charge of the Squadron, is Shown in the Small Picture.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 21 January 1907, Last Edition, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri46kMissouri (BB-11) during the Jamestown Exposition naval review in Hampton Roads, Virginia, May 1907.USNHC # NH 45910.
Great White Fleet Cruise
Great White Fleet112kChart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the route to be taken by the Atlantic Fleet's battleships and their associated Torpedo Flotilla, from their December 1907 departure from Hampton Roads, Virginia, until their planned arrival at San Francisco, California, in the spring of 1908. Text below the chart indicates that it was published in mid-December 1907.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106219. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis.
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.
Eighteen-inch Torpedo 64k Eighteen-inch Torpedo (Whitehead type).
On board a U.S. Navy battleship of the Indiana class (BB-1 / 3) or Maine class (BB-10 / 12) , circa 1907-1908. This view may have been taken during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106066. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
Hard-Hat Diver 72k "Hard-Hat" Diver descending from the stern of a launch alongside a battleship, circa 1907-1908. Note the 6"/50 broadside gun mounted in the battleship's hull side.
This ship is either Indiana class (BB-1 / 3) or Maine class (BB-10 / 12) or Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) battleship.
This view may have been taken during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106072. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
BB-11 Missouri312kTheodore Roosevelt and Champion Gun's Crew of Missouri (BB-11), 1908. USNI photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-11 Missouri192kThe Missouri (BB-11) is accompanied by another battleship in this circa 1908 postcard. Photo courtesy of Arnold A. Putnam.
BB-11 Missouri68kCaptain Robert M. Doyle, Commanding Officer of the Missouri (BB-11) during the cruise of the "Great White Fleet" & from 1 May 1910 to 1 June 1911. Digital ID: ggbain 15820, Source: Library of Congress & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-11 Missouri 2.43k FIRST LEG OF THE PACIFIC FLEET VOYAGE COMPLETED
BATTLE SHIP MISSOURI (BB-11)
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 12 January 1908, Third Part, Image 25, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Great White Fleet112kChart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the route of the Atlantic Fleet's battleships from their 29 January 1907 departure from Trinidad until their arrival at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 12 January 1908. It emphasizes the offshore course taken to avoid strong westerly currents off the northeastern coast of South America.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106221. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis.
Great White Fleet129kChart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the movements of the Atlantic Fleet's battleships from their 8 February 1908 passage of the western part of the Straits of Magellan until their arrival at Callao, Peru, on 20 February 1908.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106227b. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis.
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.
Fleet at Long Beach 507k The fleet at San Diego, Calif., 5, May 1908.
What looks like two Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleships to the left; a Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) battleship in the center with what might be three other Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleships in the immediate distance; two Illinois class (BB-7 / 9) battleships are on the right corner, behind them are the two Kearsarge class (BB-5 / 6) battleships and a Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) or Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleship in the right corner of the photo.
Library of Congress photo # pan 6a33626,by W. D. Lambert; submitted by Tom Kermen.
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.
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.
Great White Fleet 192k The "Great White Fleet" lies in San Francisco Bay on 6 May 1908.
Nearest ship is an Indiana class (BB-1 / 3) battleship. Ahead of it are what appears to be two Maine class (BB-10 / 12)battleships.
Photo by Louis Bostwick, courtesy of greatwhitefleet.info, by William Stewart.
BB-11 Missouri 3.57k In March of Sailors and Visit of Ships San Francisco Sees Hope of Larger Pacific Fleet
This photograph shows one section of memorable army and navy parade as it appeared to the thousands of eager spectators on the mammoth grandstand on Van Ness avenue and to the other thousands; equally enthusiastic who filled the sidewalks and all but overflowed the curb. In the center of the picture is shown the marker of the battleship Missouri (BB-11). This crowd is a mere fraction of the multitude which viewed the big army and navy pageant and cheered Admiral Evans.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 08 May 1908, Image 5, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri468kMissouri (BB-11) 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.
Great White Fleet 161k Missouri (BB-11) at Mare Island in May 1908 with Milwaukee (C-21) aft of her. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-11 Missouri76kAt the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, circa May-July 1908, during the World cruise of the "Great White Fleet". Courtesy of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. USNHC # NH 70511.
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.
Great White Fleet 104k Post card welcoming the "Great White Fleet" to Australia, circa August-September 1908. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106181-KN. Courtesy of Mrs. Ruth Mayfield, 1973.
BB-11 Missouri81kWorld Cruise of the "Great White Fleet" 1907-09, Missouri (BB-11) in Sydney Harbor, Australia, in late August 1908. Photo printed on a stereographic card, copyrighted by Underwood & Underwood, and submitted by Warren McLean.
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 Division
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-5), 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.
BB-11 Missouri114kShip's officers pose on the quarterdeck with officers from the Japanese Armored Cruiser Nisshin, at Yokohama, Japan, 24 October 1908. Missouri (BB-11) was visiting Japan during the "Great White Fleet's" cruise around the World.USNHC # NH 82511.
BB-11 Missouri242kRowland, maternal grandfather of the contributor's photo, stands on the right on the foredeck of the battleship Missouri (BB-11) in 1908.Photo courtesy of Don Cochrane.
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.
Great White Fleet 71k One of the Fleet's Sailors checking his funds, perhaps preparing to pay for a camel ride. Photographed at Ephesus in January 1909, when ships of the Fleet's Third Division, Louisiana (BB-19), Missouri (BB-11), Ohio (BB-12) & Virginia (BB-13) visited Turkey. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106136. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
BB-11 Missouri49kPhotographed in 1909 by Brown & Shaffer. USNHC # NH 101511.
BB-11 Missouri80kMissouri (BB-11) with only one cage mast, circa post February 1909. Photo from U.S. Warships of World War One, by P.H. Silverstone & submitted by Robert Hurst.
BB-11 Missouri50kMissouri (BB-11) in the Hudson River, 1909. Photographed by Brown & Shaffer. USNHC # NH 101522.
BB-11 Missouri63kSignalmen posing with a lighted semaphore device on board the battleship, circa 1909.Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold, USN / USNHC # NH 101537.
BB-11 Missouri67kChief Quartermaster John Harold, USN. Poses with a steering wheel on Missouri (BB-11), circa 1909.Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold, USN / USNHC # NH 101540.
BB-11 Missouri72kSailors and Marines of the ship's Rifle Team, posing with a trophy and Krag-Jorgensen rifles, circa 1909. Note Gun Pointer, First Class, and former-Naval Apprentice marks worn by the men kneeling in the center.Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold, USN / USNHC # NH 101539.
1910's
BB 143.51kSOME BRILLIANT PLAYS IN FOOTBALL GAME FOR BATTLESHIP CHAMPIONSHIP YESTERDAY
"Red" Magruda' Leads the Nebraska (BB-14) Eleven To Well Earned Victory over Missouri (BB-11)
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 02 January 1910, Image 10, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri94kPostcard of the Missouri (BB-11) in drydock at Charleston Navy Yard in Boston, where she was placed in reserve 1 May 1910. Photo probably dates from after her return from her "Great White Fleet" cruise to before her modification.Photo courtesy of timepassagesnostalgia.com & submitted by Tom Kermen. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-11 Missouri55kOff New York City, 3 October 1911, during the naval review. Note: The original negative identifies this ship as Minnesota (BB-22), which it clearly is not.Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives / USNHC # NH 19-N-61-7-18.
Atlantic Fleet1.10kSailors from the battleships mob mixed in New York harbor for review by President Taft and Secretary of the Navy Meyer in a boat race. The crew from the Georgia (BB-15) is leading, the Virginia (BB-13) second and the Missouri (BB-11) third.
A launch from the North Dakota (BB-29) is in the foreground.
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo by The Mathews Journal. (Mathews C.H. [Court House] 1903-1937, 09 November 1911, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri69kPhotographed in 1912, probably off New York City during a naval review. USNHC # NH 63643.
Preston162kCommander Charles Francis Preston was the commanding officer of the battleship Missouri (BB-11) in 1914 from January to June.Photo courtesy of the USNA Alumni Association via Bill Gonyo.
BB-23 Mississippi 805k Navy yard at night, showing the Missouri (BB-11) and the Idaho (BB-24) at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of ebay.
Raby101kCommander James Joseph Raby was the commanding officer of the battleship Missouri (BB-11) in 1914. USN photo courtesy of James Carr via Bill Gonyo.
Mid- Late 19 Teens / Early 20's
Atlantic Fleet250k OUTLINED AGAINST A CURTAIN OF DARKNESS
A fleet of destroyers and torpedo-boats has now arrived at New York to join the heavy ships of the line. Altogether, about 50 vessels will be assembled when the ceremonies began next Monday. It is promised that the strained international relations will have no effect on the parade.
Photo by International News Service.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo & text by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.] 1914-1942, 13 May 1915, Night Extra, Image 16, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-32 Wyoming2.57k"Ships of the Atlantic Fleet playing their searchlights at night along the Hudson River."USN photo by Underwood & Underwood, text courtesy of N.Y. Times 16 May 1915, Page 1, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri127 16 July 1915, in the Panama canal, Miraflores Locks.USNI/USN photo.
BB-12 Ohio969kMissouri (BB-11) passing between Gold Hill and Contractor's Hill, Looking south, 16 July 1915.
Note the ladies on the stern of the ship.
Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World.
BB-12 Ohio987kMissouri (BB-11) passing Cucaracha Slide. Looking North, 16 July 1915.Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World.
BB-11 Missouri614kTwo Missouri's (BB-11) in the Panama Canal on 16 July 1915. One reflects on the other.Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World.
BB-11 Missouri534kMissouri (BB-11) passing a point just north of Gold Hill, looking north, 16 July 1915. Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World.
BB-11 Missouri1.10kIn the Panama Canal, approaching the Chagres River railroad crossing, 16 July 1915. View looks north, with Ohio (BB-12) and Wisconsin (BB-9) in the background.Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World.
BB-11 Missouri 933k U. S. BATTLESHIP PASSING THROUGH PANAMA CANAL.
The Missouri (BB-11) & the Wisconsin (BB-9) were the first warships to use the waterway, on 16 July.
The Missouri between Cucaracha Slide and Pedro Miguel Locks, the most dangerous section of canal because of slides.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 24 July 1915, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri4.19kUnited States Battleship Missouri (BB-11), Followed by the Battleships Ohio (BB-12) and Wisconsin (BB-9), Passing Through the Panama Canal Bound for San Francisco, Marking the First Time in History When American Warships Have Passed from the Atlantic-to the Pacific Coasts Without First Rounding the Continent of South America.Photo by American Press Assn..
Text courtesy of the N.Y. Times, 1 August 1915, Page 3, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 387k WESTWARD HO!
The battleship Missouri (BB-11) in the Panama Canal. Your Uncle Sam built both of them.
Photo courtesy International News Service.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 1 August 1915, Image 51 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio375kMIDSHIPMEN FROM ANNAPOLIS LAND ON PIER AT SAN DIEGO AFTER VOYAGE THROUGH THE CANAL
The battleships Ohio (BB-12) and Missouri (BB-11) recently took these budding naval officers by way of Panama to Pacific coast, where they will visit Expositions. They were addressed by ex-President Roosevelt when at San Diego. The middies, being a rare sight in the West, have attracted much attention.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.] 1914-1942, 17 August 1915, Night Extra, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 986k Missouri (BB-11), at left, and Ohio (BB-12) in the lower chambers of the Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal, 31 August, 1915. View looks north, with Wisconsin (BB-9) in the distance.
There is an obvious error in the caption. The photo is looking south toward the Pacific.
Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World.Text i.d. courtesy of Ron Armstrong & Vicente Pascua.
BB-11 Missouri510kMissouri (BB-11) operating as a training ship, circa 1917. The next ship astern is probably Maine (BB-10).Text courtesy of USNHC # NH 45915.
US National Archives photo # 80G-1035067 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Rodman170kUpon the entry of the United States into World War I, Missouri (BB-11) recommissioned 23 April 1917, joined the Atlantic Fleet at Yorktown, Va., and operated as a training ship in the Chesapeake Bay arm. On 26 August 1917 Rear Adm. Hugh Rodman broke his flag In Missouri as Commander, Division 2, Atlantic Fleet, and the warship continued to train thousands of recruits in engineering and gunnery for foreign service on warships and as armed guards for merchant vessels.Image courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-11 Missouri75kPhotographed circa 1918, flying a Rear Admiral's flag. Note that some of her broadside guns have been removed for wartime service in other ships. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.USNHC # 19-N-13078.
BB-11 Missouri131kGeneral arrangement plans of the ship's Bridge Deck and Bridges, Upper Deck, Main Deck and Berth Deck, circa 1918. Some of her Main Deck 6"/50 caliber broadside guns have been removed, though the locations of the remaining guns are not consistent with those seen in the contemporary photograph 19-N-13078. The original drawing is plan number 64-7-11 in the National Archives' Record Group 19. USNHC # NH 76645.
BB-11 Missouri102kView of the ship's forecastle, seen from her foremast top, showing 12-inch shells on deck being prepared for target practice, circa 1918. The battleship's forward 12"/40 gun turret is also seen. USNHC # NH 63332.
BB-11 Missouri105kView of the ship's forefoot, showing the paravane skeg attached below her ram bow. Taken in drydock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 27 October 1918. USNHC # NH 60234.
BB-11 Missouri103kIn drydock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 27 October 1918, showing the paravane skeg attached to her forefoot. USNHC # NH 45918
BB-14 Nebraska700kThe Ohio (BB-12) is at the lower bottom. The Missouri (BB-11) is probably in the upper right. Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.] 1914-1942, 12 December 1918, Final, Image 22 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri104kPort side, 1919.USN photo courtesy of Larry Bonn.
BB-11 Missouri104kThe American Battleship Missouri (BB-11) arriving in Hoboken with 2,250 homecoming troops on board. Including the 106th Machine Gun Company with the 27th Division when it went through the Hindenburg Line.Photo by Underwood & Underwood, text courtesy of N.Y. Times 23 March 1919, Page 3, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Insert image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.] 1914-1942, 20 March 1919, Image 24, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri69kPhiladelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania. Older warships in the Reserve Basin, 18 November 1919, as seen by a Philadelphia Evening Public 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). USNHC # NH 42525.
Plowshares 729k Decorated for Valiant Service - Chief Gunner's Mate R. E. Cox, U. S. N., was decorated by President Harding with the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving the Battleship Missouri (BB-11) from destruction off Pensacola, Fla in 1904. Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo by Richmond Times-Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1914-current, 01 May 1921, Image 64, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Plowshares 1.30k 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).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 29 July 1922, Image 16, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 827k DISMANTLING THE BATTLESHIP MISSOURI (BB-11).
The crane is lifting a portion of one of the conning towers the old naval craft, at the Henry A. Hlitner's sons & company plant in Kensington. A workman is using an acetylene torch on the side of the boat.
Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.] 1914-1942, 13 October 1922, Night Extra, Image 40, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-11 Missouri 851k Paying their last tribute to the Missouri (BB-11). Schoolgirls of the Saybrook School, Overbrook, gathered on the deck of the old battleship, new being scrapped at Bridesburg, on the Delaware. Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.] 1914-1942, 24 November 1922, Night Extra, Image 40, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
(NISMF)371kA 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 dodmedia.osd.mil.
Missouri950kSilver Service from Missouri (BB-11) at the Salute to the Virginia class nuclear attack submarine Missouri (SSN-780) on the Missouri Gala, 30 July, 2010.Photo courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri787kAll the Missouri's appear here as SAR Charles Lily presents this special painting at the Salute to the Missouri Gala, 30 July, 2010.Photo courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.

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