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BB-13 USS VIRGINIA
1909 - 1923


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1902 - 1908


Virginia Class Battleship: Displacement 14,948 Tons, Dimensions, 441' 3" (oa) x 76' 3" x 26' (Max), Armament 4 x 12"/40 8 x 8"/40, 12 x 6"/50 12 x 3"/50, 4 21" tt. Armor, 11" Belt, 12" Turrets, 3" Decks, 9" Conning Tower. Machinery, 19,000 IHP; 2 vertical, inverted, triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 19 Knots, Crew 812.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News VA., May 21 1902. Launched April 5 1904. Commissioned May 7 1906.Decommissioned August 13 1920. Stricken July 12 1922. Transfered to War Department, August 6 1923.
Fate: Sunk as target by Army Air Corps off Diamond Shoals, North Carolina, September 5 1923.
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BB-13 Virginia335kThe cage mast, seen here possibly aboard the Virginia (BB-13), circa 1909, was the single most visible symbol of the revolution in fire control led by reformers such as Admiral William S. Sims.
This is a mainmast. Note the mesh platforms witthin the mast, and the ladders projecting up through it, leading to the circular fire control platform at the top.
Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-13 Virginia134k Photo taken after post world cruise modifications in 1909. New range finder atop her foremast and the bridge relocated to the top of her conning tower.USN photo.
BB-13 Virginia96kAt anchor, circa 1909, while fitted with only one "cage" mast. An Illinois class battleship is in the left distance, with a collier alongside.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 90776.
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba62kPanoramic image (made from two individual views), showing U.S. Atlantic Fleet battleships and auxiliaries in Guantanamo Bay, circa the early or middle 1910s.
Ships present include (in left half of image): four Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) battleships, one South Carolina class (BB-26 / 27) battleship, one Delaware class (BB-28 / 29) battleship, two unidentified auxiliaries and a collier; (in right half of image): all six Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleships, both Mississippi class (BB-23 / 24) battleships, two unidentified auxiliaries, hospital ship Solace (AH-2) and a gunboat.
USNHC # NH 104537. Photo from the 1909-1924 album of Vice Admiral Olaf M. Hustvedt, USN (Retired). Courtesy of Rick Hauck, 2006.
BB-13 Virginia83kUnderway, circa 1910-13.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 60571.
BB-13 Virginia63kUnderway in 1910.National Archives/USN photo.
BB-13 Virginia88kUnderway, circa 1910-13. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 73769, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C.
BB-13 Virginia93kUnderway, circa 1910-13. Note the Virginia's (BB-13) searchlight battery between funnels #1 and 2. Only the Virginia (BB-13) and the New Jersey (BB-16) of this five ship class had this feature.Photo courtesy of Winford Wheeler Wilborg. Partial text courtesy of Mike Smolinski.
BB-13 Virginia100kUnderway, circa 1910-13. Note the Virginia's (BB-13) searchlight battery between funnels #1 and 2. Only the Virginia (BB-13) and the New Jersey (BB-16) of this five ship class had this feature.Photo courtesy of Winford Wheeler Wilborg. Partial text courtesy of Mike Smolinski.
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.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 60322.
BB-13 Virginia71kUnderway prior to World War I, with her crew manning the rails. Photographed by O.W. Waterman, Hampton, Virginia. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 73323.
BB-13 Virginia127kSailors and Marines posing on the ship's after turret, circa 1910-14. Upper guns of this "superposed" turret are 8"/45s. The lower ones are 12"/40s. Note bugle held by the Marine in the lower center. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 60243.
BB-13 Virginia89kVirginia (BB-13) - foreground, and Georgia (BB-15) - center background. Leaving the Boston Navy Yard for Vera Cruz, 23 April 1914. Constitution is at left. Photographed by F.A. George. The inset in top center is a photo of Captain Robert E. Coontz, Georgia's Commanding Officer. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 61557.
BB-32 Wyoming25k"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.
Atlantic Fleet38k"The Atlantic Fleet saluting the President as it passed out to sea last Tuesday mid-day, with the New York skyline in the background."
The battleship on the right with the 3 smoke stacks is too unclear to make out for positive I.d. aside from being either from the Maine (BB-10 / 12), Virginia (BB-13 / 17) or Connecticut (BB-18-22 & 25) classes.
Photo by International News Service, courtesy of memory.loc.gov. Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 23 May 1915, Page 1.
BB-13 Virginia543kThe Virginia's (BB-13) crew pose for a group picture in 1917 at Hampton Roads, Virginia. She served as a gunnery training ship out of Port Jefferson and Norfolk for the majority of 1917. Photo courtesy of greatwhitefleet.info, by William Stewart. Photographed by O.W. Waterman, Hampton, Virginia. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-13 Virginia35kUnderway, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-13 Virginia93kPhotographed at anchor, circa 1918, after receiving World War I alterations, among them the removal of her after six-inch broadside guns. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # 19-N-3-6-19, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-13 Virginia411kCaptain William H. Standley having completed his assignment as the Commandant of Midshipmen for 11 months at the Naval Academy was reassigned soon after July 1919 to assume the command of the pre-dreadnought battleship Virginia (BB-13).
William H. Standley was appointed vice admiral on January 1932 while in command of the Battle Force’s cruisers, Standley was placed in command of the Battle Force, U.S. Fleet, with the rank of admiral, on 20 May 1933. Breaking his flag in his former command, California (BB-44), the admiral remained at sea until 1 July 1933, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him CNO.
Photo courtesy of the United States Naval Academy, courtesy of Bill Gonyo. Photo added 09/17/08.
BB-13 Virginia72kVirginia (BB-13) arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, returning troops from Europe, 5 July 1919. Photographed with a rotating panoramic camera. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 76405.
BB-13 Virginia53k Virginia (BB-13) in a U.S. East Coast harbor, 1919. The original photograph was printed on post card ("AZO") stock.USNHC # NH 104699. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
BB-13 Virginia125k Sinking after use as a bombing target, near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, 5 September 1923.Photograph U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # 19-N-12633, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
(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 Dec 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.

Additional Virginia Images
4 General Views Of Virginia From The Library Of Congress Server.

USS VIRGINIA BB-13 History
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