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BB-11 USS MISSOURI
1900 - 1906


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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). U.S. Navy 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.
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.
PDF added 07/15/14.
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 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.

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