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BB-12 USS OHIO


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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1899 - 1904

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. USN 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. USN 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 BATTLESHIP 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.
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 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.
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.
BB-12 Ohio 90k 12"/40 guns of the ship's forward gun turret, photographed circa 1907-1908. Note Sailors strolling on deck; bell mounted on the pilothouse face; and 3-pounder guns mounted on the superstructure. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 101467.
BB-12 Ohio 114k Chief Petty Officer's quarters, 1908. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-12 Ohio 323k Crew's quarters, 1908. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-12 Ohio 162k Crew's washroom, 1908. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-12 Ohio 85k "Double-time for exercise aboard ship". Sailors running in formation on the quarterdeck of Ohio (BB-12), during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise, circa 1907-1909. Other battleships are steaming in formation astern of Ohio. Note the whaleboat on the quarterdeck davits, with an "O" on its bow identifying the ship. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106070. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
BB-12 Ohio 82k "Physical culture". Sailors perform calisthenics on a battleship's quarterdeck, during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise, circa 1907-1909. In the background, a Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) battleship is pitching into a swell. She is either Nebraska (BB-14), New Jersey (BB-16) or Rhode Island (BB-17). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106069. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
BB-12 Ohio 53k Ohio's (BB-12) mascot goat in his "Full Dress" costume, circa 1907-1908. Note that he wears the uniform insignia of a First Class Gunner's Mate. This view may have been taken during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106080. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
BB-12 Ohio 70k The 12"/40 guns of the Ohio's (BB-12) forward turret, photographed circa 1907-1908. This view may have been taken during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106061. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
BB-12 Ohio 61k 12"/40 guns of the after turret of a Maine class battleship, photographed as the ship turned to port on a target range, circa 1907-1908. This view may have been taken during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise. This ship may be Ohio (BB-12), as it comes from a series of photographs that include several directly identified as having been taken on her. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106062. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
BB-12 Ohio 75k "Cleaning the big guns". Crew members polishing the muzzles and tompions of the forward turret 12"/40 guns on a Maine class battleship, circa 1907-1908. This view may have been taken during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise, and the ship may be Ohio (BB-12), as it comes from a series of photographs that include several directly identified as having been taken on her. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106065. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
BB-12 Ohio 79k Crew of a 6"/50 Broadside Gun in action in the upper deck battery on a Maine class battleship, circa 1907-1908. This view may have been taken during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise, and the ship may be Ohio (BB-12), as it comes from a series of photographs that include several directly identified as having been taken on her. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106066. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
BB-12 Ohio 102k Six-inch Gun Loading Practice Machine.
Battleship crew members drilling with a deck-mounted loading machine while others look on, circa 1907-1908. This view may have been taken during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106067. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
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.
Society of Sponsors of the U.S. Navy96kSociety of Sponsors of the U.S. Navy. Attendees at the Society's organizational meeting, in Washington, D.C., February 1908. The photograph was given to the Society by Mrs. Annie Keith Frazier Somerville, one of its founders. Her mother had sent a photographer to Washington's Willard Hotel to take this view. The fourteen sponsors present to organize the Society were (Those identified on the photograph are marked "**"): Mrs. G.F. Toland; ** Mrs. John P. Pels (Miss R.W. Wright), Sponsor of Denver (C-14); ** Mrs. Earl Morgan (Miss Elizabeth Stephenson), Sponsor of Wisconsin (BB-9); Miss Helen Duchler, Sponsor of Ohio (BB-12); Mrs. George Sturdevant (Miss M.L. Drake), Sponsor of Iowa (BB-4); ** Miss Lorna Pinnock, Sponsor of Salem (CS-3); Miss Harriet Rankin; Miss Dorothy Sproul, Sponsor of Chester (CS-1); Miss Ida May Shearer; ** Miss Mary Campbell, Sponsor of Birmingham (CS-2); ** Miss Keith Frazier, Sponsor of Tennessee (ACR-10); ** Mrs. John South (Miss Christine Bradley), Sponsor of Kentucky (BB-6); ** Miss Minnie Conrad, Sponsor of Montana (ACR-13). The little girl is Miss Eleanor Gow. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 95456, from the collection of the Society of Sponsors of the U.S. Navy.
Straits of Magellan290k The "Great White Fleet" in the Straits of Magellan, 1908, from a painting by Henry Reuterdahl.Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
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; Riverside, CA
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 29 March 1908, Image 5, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
SHIPS 3.3m SHIPS SAN FRANCISCO HAS ADDED TO THE NAVY.
Gunboats: Wheeling (PG-14) & Marietta (PG-15),
Cruisers: Charelston (C-2) & San Francisco (C-5),
Armored Cruisers: South Dakota (ACR-9), Milwaukee (C-21), California (ACR-6),
Battleships: Oregon (BB-3), Wisconsin (BB-9) & Ohio (BB-12),
Destroyers: Preble (DD-12), Perry (DD-11) & Paul Jones (DD-10)
Torpedo Boat: Farragut (TB-11),
Monitors: Wyoming (BM-10) & Monterey (BM-6)
Submarines: Pike (SS-6) and Grampus (SS-4).
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 26 April 1908, Image 8, via 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-12 Ohio 607k The West Virginia (ACR-5) arrives at Mare Island in May 1908. The Ohio (BB-12), is in the foreground to the right. USN photo # ACR 5 5-1908-2, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-12 Ohio 72k Ohio (BB-12), California (ACR-6) and South Dakota (ACR-9) between May 1908 and July 1908 at Mare Island Navy Yard while assigned to the "Great White Fleet". The cruisers are moored next to the yard's coal sheds. This is the only picture I have seen which shows the coal handling equipment installed by the Brown Hoisting Machinery Company in 1904 seen above the coal sheds. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-12 Ohio 671k Ohio (BB-12) 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.
BB-12 Ohio 3.19k Bluejackets on Battleship Ohio (BB-12) Welcome the Lightweight Champion of the World.
Battling Nelson standing before a twelve inch gun, which he says is the only thing in the world that can knock him out.
Photographed by Dana
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 07 July 1908, Image 9, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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.
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-12 Ohio 214k The Ohio (BB-12) all dressed up for the Empress of China while with the "Great White Fleet" in November 1908. Photo courtesy of greatwhitefleet.info, by William Stewart.
BB-18 Connecticut99kCommanding officers of most of the fleet's ships, photographed in 1908. Those present include (Seated, left to right): Captain Hugo Osterhaus, of Connecticut (BB-18); Captain Kossuth Niles, of Louisiana (BB-19); Captain William P. Potter, of Vermont (BB-20); Captain John Hubbard, of Minnesota (BB-22); Captain Joseph B. Murdock, of Rhode Island (BB-17); Captain Charles E. Vreeland, of Kansas (BB-21).
Standing, left to right): Captain Hamilton Hutchins, of Kearsarge (BB-5); Captain Frank E. Beatty, of Wisconsin (BB-9); Captain Reginald F. Nicholson, of Nebraska (BB-14); Captain Thomas B. Howard, of Ohio (BB-12); Captain William H.H. Southerland, of New Jersey (BB-16); Captain Walter C. Cowles, of Kentucky (BB-6); Captain John M. Bowyer, of Illinois (BB-7); Captain Alexander Sharp, of Virginia (BB-13); Lieutenant Commander Charles B. McVay, of Yankton.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 59552.
BB-12 Ohio 95k Captain Thomas B. Howard, Commanding Officer of the Ohio (BB-12) during the cruise of the "Great White Fleet". Digital ID: ggbain 15085. Source: Library of Congress & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
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.
BB-12 Ohio 71k The "Great White Fleet" transits the Suez Canal, January 1909. Battleships of the fleet nearing Port Said, Egypt, circa 5-6 January 1909, as they approached the Mediterranean Sea during the final months of their cruise around the World. Ohio (BB-12) is in the right center. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 101494.
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-12 Ohio 68k Ohio (BB-12) at anchor in late 1909, soon after receiving her "cage" foremast. Photographed by Brown & Shaffer. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 101510.
BB-12 & 202.39kTWO OF THE UNITED STATES BATTLESHIPS WHICH LEFT THE NORTH RIVER YESTERDAY.
VERMONT (BB-20) & OHIO (BB-12).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by Paul Thompson.
Photo from the New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 06 October 1909, Image 5, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
1910's
BB-12 Ohio564kFire Perils Battleship Ohio (BB-12); Heroes Prevent Explosion.
Great Dreadnought North Dakota (BB-29) and Other Warships Endangered
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo & text by The Salt Lake Tribune. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1890-current, 29 June 1911, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 589k Underway off New York City, on 3 July 1911. Photograph # 19-N-2-16-19, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives courtesy of William Clarke and atlanticfleetsales.smugmug.com
BB-12 Ohio 74k Underway in 1913. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 90358, by O.W. Waterman, Hampton, Virginia.
BB-36 Nevada120kCaptain Joseph Strauss commanded the battleship Ohio (BB-12), in 1912; then became Chief of Bureau of Ordnance 21 October 1913. Strauss assumed command of battleship Nevada (BB-36), 30 December 1916 and remained in command as the United States entered World War I.
Detached from the battleship in February 1918, he was designated Commander, Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet with the rank of Rear Admiral. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal both for directing the laying of the North Sea Mine Barrage and for the hazardous task of clearing it after peace came. In March 1921 he became Commander in Chief of the Asiatic Fleet with the rank of Admiral.
Digital ID: # cph 3b39649. Source: Library of Congress & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-32 Wyoming604kSTRICKEN CAPTAIN AND FLAGSHIP WYOMING (BB-32) BACK FROM FOREIGN WATERS;
THE OHIO (BB-12), ON WHICH SMALLPOX CASES HAVE BROKEN OUT
Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photo by The Democratic Banner. (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) 1898-192?, 19 December 1913, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-32 Wyoming559kMembers of Ohio's (BB-12) Crew Threatened by Smallpox Epidemic.
The extent of the spread of smallpox among the crew of the battleship Ohio during her voyage from the Mediterranean to Guantanamo, Cuba, is not definitely known as yet. Every precaution is being taken to detect the occurrence of new cases, and an extra detail of medical officers and nurses are on duty in the isolation hospital. Captain McKean reported to the navy department that there were now eleven cases of the disease. Four others probably have smallpox, and eight men are under inspection. This makes the whole number of cases under treatment and observation twenty three. One death occurred on the voyage across the Atlantic.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo & text by The Logan Republican. (Logan, Utah) 1902-1924, 05 February 1914, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Vera Cruz Incident
BB-12 Ohio507kVERACRUZ TAKEN AFTER BOMBARDMENT
PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE STURDY FIGHTERS OF THE ATLANTIC FLEET STEAMING OUT OF HAMPTON ROADS FOR MEXICAN WATERS
LEFT TO RIGHT: THE OHIO (BB-12), THE VERMONT (BB-20), THE CONNECTICUT (BB-18), THE NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29), THE DELAWARE (BB-28), THE FLORIDA (BB-30), THE UTAH (BB-31), AND THE ARKANSAS (BB-33).
Image and text provided by University of Oregon, Knight Library; Eugene,OR.
Photo from Medford Mail Tribune. (Medford, Or.) 1909-1989, 22 April 1914, SECOND EDITION, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
U.S. Atlantic Fleet battleships71k U.S. Atlantic Fleet battleships steaming toward Mexican waters in 1914. Photograph copyrighted in 1914 by E. Muller, Jr., and Pach.
The following battleships that were dispatched to Mexican waters included the:
Ohio (BB-12), Virginia (BB-13), Nebraska (BB-14), Georgia (BB-15), New Jersey (BB-16), Rhode Island (BB-17), Connecticut (BB-18), Louisiana (BB-19), Vermont (BB-20), Kansas (BB-21), Minnesota (BB-22), Mississippi (BB-23), Idaho (BB-24), New Hampshire (BB-25), South Carolina (BB-26), Michigan (BB-27), Delaware (BB-28), North Dakota (BB-29), Florida (BB-30), Utah (BB-31), Wyoming (BB-32), Arkansas (BB-33), New York (BB-34) & Texas (BB-35).
In insets are (left to right):
Rear Admiral Henry T. Mayo,
Rear Admiral Frank F. Fletcher,
Rear Admiral Charles J. Badger.
USNHC # NH 60322.
Mid- Late 19 Teens / Early 20's
BB-32 Wyoming2.57k"Ships of the Atlantic Fleet playing their searchlights at night along the Hudson River."USN photo by Underwood & Underwood, courtesy of memory.loc.gov. Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 16 May 1915, Page 1.
BB-32 Wyoming569kGraduation Scenes at West Point and Annapolis. Ready for the first taste of battleship life.
The Ohio (BB-12) will be summer home for the middies.
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Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 20 June 1915, Page 3, Image 49, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 202k The Ohio (BB-12) passing through the Gatun Locks, looking North from lighthouse, 15 July 1915. Associated Press photo courtesy of San Francisco Examiner via David S. Smith.
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 backgroundPhoto by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World.
BB-12 Ohio 182k Ohio (BB-12) in the Chagres River Panama, 16 July 1915. Associated Press photo courtesy of San Francisco Examiner via David S. Smith.
BB-12 Ohio766k Ohio (BB-12) meets Panama.Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Photo added 04/24/15.
BB-12 Ohio894k Ohio (BB-12) passing a point just north of Gold Hill, going south, 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-12 Ohio1.50kOhio (BB-12) passing Cucaracha Slide. Looking east, 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-12 Ohio 772k In Dry Dock # 2 at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 10 August 1915. The ship in dock with Ohio (BB-12) is and I quote from the Shipyard Log of 10 Aug 1915 "AT 3:00 PM The Ohio and the New York State Nautical School Ship Newport (PG-12) into Dry Dock 2". This same data is found in the docking office records. Both ships left the dock on the following day, Newport at 2:40pm and Ohio at 2:45pm. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-12 Ohio 681k In Dry Dock # 2 at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 10 August 1915. From left to right: Intrepid (Receiving ship Mare Island and Out of Commission), Submarine Tender Cheyenne, H-1 (SS-28), H-2 (SS-29) are just visible along side), Ohio (BB-12) (head of dry dock), New York State Nautical School Ship Newport (PG-12) (Rear of dry dock), and Raleigh (CL-7) (Far right at the pier). USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-12 Ohio 780k In Dry Dock # 2 at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 10 August 1915. From left to right: Intrepid (Receiving ship Mare Island and Out of Commission), Submarine Tender Cheyenne, H-1 (SS-28), H-2 (SS-29) are just visible along side), Ohio (BB-12) (head of dry dock), New York State Nautical School Ship Newport (PG-12) (Rear of dry dock), and Raleigh (CL-7) (Far right at the pier). USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-12 Ohio 181k In Dry Dock # 2 at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 10 August 1915. Photo taken from the foot of the dry dock 2 at Mare Island and shows the bow of the Ohio (BB-12). USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-12 Ohio 670k Bow view of Ohio (BB-12) departing Mare Island in August 1915. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-12 Ohio 709k Stern view of Ohio (BB-12) departing Mare Island in August 1915. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
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-12 Ohio519k BOY OF SIX AIDS HIS DADDY AS RECRUITING AGENT
The youngster is Edward Rapp, of 243 South Carlisle street, who is shown helping his father, barber on the battleship Ohio (BB-12), on City Hall Plaza.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.] 1914-1942, 09 April 1917, Sports Extra, Pictorial Section, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio 89k At anchor, circa 1918, following World War I alterations. Note that some of her casemate six-inch guns have been removed. Photograph # 19-N-1998 from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
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-12 Ohio1.20kBow view of the Ohio (BB-12) at Mare Island on 16 February 1919.US National Archives photo # 80G-1035058 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-12 Ohio600kAnchored Ohio (BB-12).US National Archives photo # 80G-1035059 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-12 Ohio 137k Starboard side view, 1919. USN /
Larry Bonn
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 (Monitor -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.
S-5 69k Navy tug alongside the partially sunken S-5's (SS-110) stern, while initial salvage operations were underway, in early September 1920. The battleship Ohio (BB-12), which attempted to tow S-5 into shallower water, is in the background. Donation of Ellis J. Altman, 1938. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 41808.
(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.

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