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BB-12 USS OHIO
1899 - 1907


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1910 - 1923


Maine Class Battleship: Displacement 12,500 Tons, Dimensions, 393' 10" (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 Union Iron Works, San Francisco, Calif., April 22 1899. Launched May 18 1901. Commissioned October 4 1904. Decommissioned December 20 1909, Commissioned June 1 1911, Decommissioned May 31 1922, Stricken August 14 1922.
Fate: Sold March 24 1923 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-9 Wisconsin & Friends118kUnion Iron Works, San Francisco, California. Panoramic view of shipways and outfitting area, 1900. Wisconsin (BB-9), is fitting out at left. Ships on the ways are (from left to right):
Paul Jones (DD-10);
Perry (DD-11);
Wyoming (M-10);
Ohio (BB-12); &
S.S. Californian.
Photo # NH 75110, courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, 1971.
The original print is in the Union Iron Works scrapbook, Volume II, page 157.
BB-12 Ohio 1.87k BRONZED AND BRAWNY IRON WORKERS WILL PRESENT TO THE PRESIDENT A PLATE OF GOLD AS AN INVITATION TO THE LAUNCHING OF THE BIG BATTLESHIP OHIO (BB-12). Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 26 April 1901, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 1.46k MCKINLEY ON TOUR WILL PASS THROUGH TWENTY THREE STATES
Here is the first illustrated halftone map of the Presidents trip. It gives scenes from all the principal points of interest. The above picture gives a graphic idea of of the vast stretch of territory the President of the United States and his party will cover when they leave Washington on Monday morning April 29th on their history making trip to the Pacific coast. The tour will cover twenty three states and two territories while the distance traveled will be more than 10,500 miles. The objective point of the trip is San Francisco California, which the presidential train will reach on Tuesday May 14th at 4:40 pm. Here President McKinley will superintend the launching of the battleship Ohio (BB-12). All the members of the cabinet except Secretaries Root and Gage and Attorney General Briggs will accompany the party.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo & text by Deseret Evening News.(Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 27 April 1901, Part 3, Image 17, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 1.37k The above is a striking halftone illustrating the important event of the launching of the battleship Ohio (BB-12), the real object of the President's big trip. At the bottom of the picture the Ohio is shown as she appears today in her unfinished condition. The center of the cut shows the Ohio as she will appear when completed and is photographed from the official design of the builders. It was originally intended that Mrs. McKinley should launch the big ironclad by pressing the button which will release the restraining cables. Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo & text by Deseret Evening News.(Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 18 May 1901, Part 3, Image 17, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 700k Miss Helen Deshler getting ready to christen the Ohio (BB-12) at San Francisco, Cal., 18 May 1901. Photo # J239186 U.S. Copyright Office. Digital ID: cph 3c18765.
Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division: Copyright by Underwood & Underwood. Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-12 Ohio 613k Ohio (BB-12) being launched at the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, Calif., 18 May 1901. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-12 Ohio 555k The newly christened Battleship Ohio (BB-12), just after leaving the "ways" - launching at San Francisco, Cal. 18 May 1901. Photo by Underwoodx2 # LOC # LC-USZ62-118764 / 3c18764v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 104k President McKinley approaching the platform from which the Battleship Ohio (BB-12) was launched, San Francisco, Cal. Photo by Underwoodx2 # LOC # LC-USZ62-118764 / 3c18762v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 478k Pres.McKinley appears on the Launching Program for the Ohio (BB-12), 18 May 1901. Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
BB-12 Ohio 1.48k LEAPING FROM HER REST LIKE A THING OF LIFE THE OHIO (BB-12) SPEEDS DOWN THE WAYS AND INTO THE ARMS OF THE WAITING SEA. Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 19 May 1901, Image 25, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 1.26k OHIO'S (BB-12) PLUNGE.
Launching of the Great Battleship' Yesterday
Image and text provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ.
Photo & text by Arizona Republican. (Phoenix, Ariz.) 1890-1930, 19 May 1901, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 1.70k Painting of the Ohio (BB-12) to Have Honored Place in Gubernatorial Office. Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 19 May 1901, Image 27, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 669k LAUNCHING OF THE OHIO (BB-12).
Fifty Thousand People Witness the Battleship Ohio Take Her First Dip Into the Sea.
Image and text provided by University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Photo & text by Crittenden Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1879-1907, 23 May 1901, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 898k POWERFUL UNITED STATES BATTLESHIP OHIO (BB-12).
The battleship Ohio, recently launched at San Francisco, is the newest pride of the American navy." She is forty feet longer than the Oregon (BB-3) and 2,000 tons greater in displacement. She is twenty feet longer than the Iowa (BB-4) and 1,000 tons greater in displacement than that ship. Her largest rifle will be twelve inches. Her secondary battery will contain sixteen 12-inch rifles. The Ohio's dimensions are: Length on the water line, 388 feet; width, 72 feet 5 inches; mean draught, 23 feet; maximum draught, 25 feet 3 inches; displacement, 12,500 tons; speed, 18 knots; maximum horse power, 16,000; total coal supply, 2,000 tons. She will carry one flag officer, one commanding officer, sixteen wardroom officers, twelve junior officers and five warrant officers. In many respects the Ohio will be the greatest of all marine fighting machines. The works of the ship will of the most approved kind. Her engine room will resemble a great workshop,fitted with the finest tools that can be made. The ship herself, with her windings and alleyways, her broad decks and hundreds of apartments, will be like a small city behind walls of steel. She will have her telephone system, her lighting plant and her water works. In this steel-girt city will be nearly 1,000 incandescent lamps and telephone communications between all parts. The filling of one water-tight compartment at any time need be no cause for alarm. The touch of a button in the central station will close every water-tight door in less time than would take to give the order. Her complement will be about 500 men.
Image and text provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ.
Photo & text by The St. Johns Herald. (St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona Territory [Ariz.]) 1885-1903, 24 August 1901, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 1.95k BIG BATTLESHIP OHIO (BB-12) SEEMS LOST IN NEW HUNTERS POINT DRYDOCK
Fighting Machine Christened by President McKinley is the First Vessel to Utilize the Immense Basin, Which Proves Itself the Finest in America and One of the Best in the World.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE GREAT DRTDOCK AT HUNTERS POINT BEFORE AND AFTER RECE1VING THE BATTLESHIP OHIO.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 30 January 1903, Image 12, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 90k Drydocked at Hunter's Point, San Francisco, California, on 19 July 1904. Photographed by Turrill & Miller, San Francisco. Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 60224. Photo & text by The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 30 January 1903, Image 12, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 2.10k MONSTER BATTLESHIP OHIO (BB-12) THE LATEST AND ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL FIGHTING MACHINES BUILT FOR THE UNITED STATES NAVY. WHICH WAS GIVEN A THOROUGH TRIAL ON THE BAY YESTERDAY BY HER BUILDERS AND FOUND TO BE IN SPLENDID CONDITION. Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 26 July 1904, Image 14, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 114k Ohio (BB-12) conducting Sea Trials in San Francisco Bay on 26 July 1904. The original photo is No. 10 in a series from Turrill & Miller, Photographers, San Francisco. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH-60227, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-12 Ohio730k The Ohio (BB-12) anchored in San Francisco Bay, after the completion of Sea Trials in late July 1904. The original photo is No. 19 in a series from Turrill & Miller Photographers, San Francisco. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH-60227, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
PDF insert image and text provided by Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, KS.
Photo & text by Kansas Agitator. (Garnett, Kan.) 1890-1905, 12 August 1904, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 63k On trials in San Francisco Bay, California, 26 July 1904. In the left distance is the ex-Omaha (1872-1915), quarantine ship in San Francisco Bay. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 63139.
BB-12 Ohio 493k Pictured at Mare Island shortly after being commissioned, 4 October 1904. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-12 Ohio 2.21k ENSIGN UNFURLED ON THE OHIO (BB-12)
NEWLY COMPLETED BATTLESHIP OHIO WHICH RECEIVED HER OFFICERS AND MEN YESTERDAY AND IMMEDIATELY WENT INTO COMMISSION
SHE IS THE LATEST FULLY EQUIPPED OF UNCLE SAM'S WAR CRAFT AND IS 2300 TONS LARGER DISPLACEMENT THAN THE OREGON (BB-3)
With Short Ceremony of Raising Old Glory Battleship Goes Into Commission.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 05 October 1904, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 63k At anchor off San Francisco, California, circa 1904-1905. A U.S. Army transport is in the left distance. Photographed by Turrill & Miller, San Francisco. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 44461.
BB-12 Ohio143kCirca 1904-1907, bow on view as completed.Randy Kimes/USN photo.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Jack Klinker, David C Nilsen, CTR USA TRADOC & Chris Hoehn.
BB-12 Ohio 4.17k BATTLESHIP OHIO (BB-12) ANNOUNCES APPROACH TO PORT BY WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY WHILE SIXTY MILES OUT
Monitor Wyoming (M-10) From Bremerton Is Here for Ammunition.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 31 January 1905, Image 11, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 744k BIGGEST BATTLESHP VISITS HAWAII Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo & text by The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1885-1921, 09 April 1905, Sunday Edition, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 06/15/14.
BB-12 Ohio 2.12k U. S. BATTLESHIP OHIO (BB-12), CARRYING FLAG OF REAR ADMIRAL TRAIN, IN CHARGE OF INTERNED RUSSIAN VESSELS Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from Los Angeles Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1900-1911, 09 June 1905, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 3.39k POWERS RUSH WARSHIPS INTO CHINESE WATERS
Inset photo of Captain Leavitt C. Logan and the Ohio (BB-12).
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 28 February 1906, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 220k 1906 colored tinted photo by Enrique Muller of the Ohio (BB-12). Photo courtesy of Arnold A. Putnam.
BB-12 Ohio 184k Ohio (BB-12) underway.Photo courtesy of Arnold A. Putnam.
BB-9 Wisconsin 552k THE BIG BATTLESHIP WISCONSIN (BB-9) COMING HOME VIA HONOLULU
The cruiser Marblehead (C-11) has been ordered out of commission. The battleship Wisconsin is ordered home via Honolulu and the battleship Ohio (BB-12) by way of the Suez canal.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo & text by The Hawaiian Gazette.(Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918, 07 September 1906, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 82k Circa 1905-1910, as built, at anchor. USN photo.
BB-12 Ohio 87k Flying a long "homeward bound" pennant, probably upon her return to the United States after duty in Asiatic waters, 1907. Photograph # 19-N-12820 from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-12 Ohio 1.10k Ohio (BB-12) in the right foreground with the 1st and 2nd Squadrons of the "Great White Fleet" at Hampton Roads, Va., 12 June 1907. USN photo # 19-N-12897 from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo & text by The Hawaiian Gazette. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918, 17 September 1907, Image 13, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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.
BB-12 Ohio 328k Ohio (BB-12) with the 2nd Squadron of the "Great White Fleet". Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
Great White Fleet 345k The "Great White Fleet" steaming in column, 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.

Additional Ohio Images
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