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BB-14 USS NEBRASKA
1902 - 1908


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1909 - 1923


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.

The following analysis is by historian Chuck Haberlein, formerly of the Naval Historical Center:
According to "Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1990" (by Stephen S. Roberts & K. Jack Bauer), three of the BB-13 class had their names changed on 7 March 1901 (before any of them were laid down). Battleship # 13 was originally named New Jersey. Battleship # 14 was originally to be Pennsylvania, and Battleship # 16 was to be Virginia. After the renamings, Virginia and New Jersey had swapped places, Nebraska (originally intended for Armored Cruiser # 4) swapped ships with Pennsylvania. Again, according to that book: "The construction of the first two ships (ie BBs 13 & 14) was delayed because of Congressional limitations on the price that could be paid for armor plate and because of lengthy debates within the navy on the arrangement of the guns" (presumably the superposed 8"/12" turrets). (my comments are in parentheses). Same book's Armored Cruiser # 4 class entry states: "The refusal of manufacturers to sell armor within the price limits set by Congress delayed the ships' construction." Both classes (BB-13 & ACR-4) were originally authorized in Fiscal Year 1900, but the first of them were not laid down until 7 August 1901 (Pennsylvania, as Armored Cruiser # 4) and 31 August 1901 (Georgia, as Battleship # 15). It looks to me like there may have been some political log rolling involved in the renamings. PERHAPS (this is purely a guess) some Pennsylvania politicos wanted "their" name on a ship ASAP, so it was given to the first available keel. Then again, maybe builder location had something to do with it. Cramp built Armored Cruiser # 4, while none of the Virginia class battleships were built in Pennsylvania.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Moran Brothers, Shipbuilding, Seattle WA., July 4 1902. Launched October 7 1904. Commissioned July 1 1907. Decommissioned July 2 1920.Stricken July 12 1922.
Fate: Sold November 30 1923 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-13 Virginia4.51kBIGGEST OF ALL BATTLESHIPS: The Pennsylvania.
When Completed Will Be by Far the Most Dangerous War Vessel in the World.
DECK PLAN OF THE BATTLESHIP PENNSYLVANIA, SHOWING THE HEAVY AND LIGHT BATTERIES.
Two 12 and Two 8-Inch Guns in Each Turret. With One Coaling Could Steam to London and Return.
....Of the new battleships there will be three. The Georgia (BB-15) and the New Jersey (BB-16) will be the other two ships built upon the same model.
Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Saint Paul Globe. (St. Paul, Minn.) 1896-1905, 14 January 1900, Image 19, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-13 Virginia577kTHE NEW BATTLESHIP PENNSYLVANIA.
ONE OF FIVE TO BE BUILT FROM IDENTICAL PLANS AND FOR WHICH BIDS HAVE BEEN ASKED.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from The Star.(Reynoldsville, Pa.) 1892-1946, 19 December 1900, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-13 Virginia666kDEVELOPMENT OF THE AMERICAN NAVY.
The final and up to date picture of the series shows the first class battleship Pennsylvania of the Virginia class, the designs for which are being completed by the Bureau of Construction and Repair.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times.(Washington [D.C.]) 1901-1902, 09 March 1902, Magazine Features, Image 36, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska306kLaying Keel of Battleship Nebraska (BB-14)
GOVERNORS SAVAGE AND M'BRIDE DRIVING THE FIRST RIVET
PLACING THE KEEL PLATES IN POSITION
GOVERNOR M'BRIDE ADDRESSING THE ASSEMBLAGE.
GOVERNOR SAVAGE READING HIS ADDRESS
Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo courtesy of Omaha Daily Bee., (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, 20 July 1902, Image 24, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 226k The keel of the Nebraska (BB-14) is laid during a downpour on 4 July 1902 at Moran Brothers, Shipbuilding, Seattle WA.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-14 Nebraska 66k The Nebraska (BB-14) was sponsored by Miss Mary N. Mickey, daughter of Governor John H. Mickey of Nebraska. Image provided by: University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo by The Tacoma Times. (Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 06 September 1904, Image 4, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska2.05kALL BELLS SHOULD RING AND WHISTLES BLOW, WHEN THE NEBRASKA (BB-14) LEAVES THE WAYS'
THE NEBRASKA'S BOW

The above cut shows the massive beak of Uncle Sam's new sea fighter, which will be launched from Moran Bros, company shipyards tomorrow. The magnificent height of the Nebraska may be grasped by comparing her height with that of the man in the foreground.
HOW THE BIG BATTLESHIP NEBRASKA WILL LOOK WHEN COMPLETED
Image provided by: Washington State Library; Olympia, WA. Photo courtesy of The Seattle Star. (Seattle, Wash.) 1899-1947, 06 October 1904, Night Edition, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Commercial Battleships2.14kThe Nebraska (BB-14), battleship of the first class, launched at Seattle, Friday, 7 October 1904. Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo courtesy of The Seattle Star. (Seattle, Wash.) 1899-1947, 06 October 1904, Night Edition, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska2.64kTHE BATTLESHIP NEBRASKA (BB-14) TAKES HER MAIDEN DIP AMID THE BOOM OF CANNON, THE CLANGOR OF BELLS AND THE DEAFENING ROAR OF MYRIAD HUMAN VOICES
In Presence of Thirty-five Thousand People the Mammoth Seafighter Is Christened By the Daughter of Nebraska's Governor in Moran Bros. Company Shipyard and Plunks Into the Bay Without a Hitch
Image provided by: Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo courtesy of The Seattle Star. (Seattle, Wash.) 1899-1947, 07 October 1904, Special Extra Edition, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska2.54kTHE ONLY PICTURE OF THE CHRISTENING Image provided by: Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo courtesy of The Seattle Star. (Seattle, Wash.) 1899-1947, 08 October 1904, Night Edition, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 205k The Nebraska (BB-14) slides down the ways on 7 October, 1904 at Moran Brothers, Shipbuilding, Seattle WA.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-14 Nebraska2.54kNEBRASKA (BB-14) IN THE BAY.
Nebraska As She Took Her Maiden Plunge Into the Bay.
Taken for The Star at the Moment The Big Vessel Struck The Water.
Image provided by: Washington State Library; Olympia, WA. Photo courtesy of The Seattle Star. (Seattle, Wash.) 1899-1947, 07 October 1904, Special Extra Edition, Image 2 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 840k THE LATEST ADDITION TO OUR NAVY: THE LAUNCHING OF THE BATTLESHIP NEBRASKA (BB-14) AT SEATTLE.
The battle-ship Nebraska, the latest addition to the United States navy, which was launched recently at Seattle. Washington, is not so large as the Connecticut (BB-18), whose recent lauching at the Brooklyn Navy Yard was described in "Leslies'" of October 15th. The Nebraska displaces 15 ,000 tons, and is 441 feet 3 inches in length, 76 feet 2 1-2 inches beam, and draws 23 feet 9 inches. Her speed is calculated at 19 knots, and she has an indicated horse-power of 19.000. Her battery includes four 12-inch, eight 8-inch, twelve 6-inch, and fourteen 3-inch guns; twelve vpounders, and sixteen small guns. Her armor belt is 8 feet wide and 11 inches thick. Her complement will include 40 officers and 772 men.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1885-1921, 18 November 1904, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska1.70kNebraska (BB-14) was built here. Image provided by: Washington State Library; Olympia, WA. Photo courtesy of The Seattle Republican. (Seattle, Wash.) 11 August 1905, Greater Seattle Edition, Image 34 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 86k Color drawing of the Nebraska (BB-14) in the background fronted by a unknown steamship at Moran Brothers, Shipbuilding, Seattle WA., probably drawn sometime after her launching on 7 October 1904. USN photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
BB-14 Nebraska 99k Postcard photo of the Nebraska (BB-14) fitting out at Moran Brothers, Shipbuilding, Seattle WA. sometime shortly after her launching on 7 October 1904. Photo courtesy of greatwhitefleet.info, by William Stewart.
BB 142.45kTHE MAGNIFICENT SILVER SERVICE FOR THE BATTLESHIP NEBRASKA (BB-14) Image provided by: Washington State Library; Olympia, WA. Photo courtesy of The Seattle Star. (Seattle, Wash.) 1899-1947, 26 August 1905, Night Edition, Image 8. via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 56k On builders trials in 1906, seen here at high speed. Note secondary guns have not yet been installed. USNI/USN photo.
BB-14 Nebraska 369k On builders trials in 1906, making 19.9 knots an hour as seen in this postcard drawn by Edward H. Mitchell Publishers of San Francisco, CA. Photo from the collection of Raymond Strout, courtesy of Jonathan Eno.
BB 14734kGreat Battleship Nebraska (BB-14) After the Builders Trial
Magnificent new battleship soon to be added to the American navy, as it arpeared after its first trial run, when everything worked very smoothly. On the builders trial the Nebraska made 18.96 knots easily.
Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo from Omaha Daily Bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, 15 July 1906, HALF TONE SECTION, Image 24, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 79k Underway at high speed during her speed trials, prior to completion, circa 1906-07. Note that the eight-inch guns have not yet been installed in her forward turret. Halftone reproduction of a photograph. USNHC # NH 63644.
BB-14 Nebraska 493k Broadside photo of Nebraska (BB-14) at Seattle WA. Photo by Asahel Curtis, # 80G-433634 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-14 Nebraska 165k Photo by O.T. Frasch of the Nebraska (BB-14) at Seattle WA. sometime after her commissioning, 1 July 1907. Photo courtesy of greatwhitefleet.info, by William Stewart.
BB-14 Nebraska836kBATTLESHIP NEBRASKA (BB-14), BUILT IN SEATTLE, PRIDE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-14 Nebraska 322k Nebraska (BB-14) at drydock, Bremerton, WA. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-9 Wisconsin 482k BATTLESHIPS FOR NEWLY ORGANIZED PACIFIC FLEET.
Three battleships and six armored cruisers of the first-class are the warships in sight for the nucleus of the consolidated United States commands in the Pacific ocean, which are hereafter to be known as the Pacific fleet. The battleships are the Oregon (BB-3) and the Wisconsin (BB-9), these two being out of commission, but could be gotten ready in a short time, and the Nebraska (BB-14), nearing completion at Seattle. The armored cruisers are the West Virginia, the Colorado and Pennsylvania and Maryland, now afloat, and the California and the South Dakota, nearly completed at San Francisco.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo & text by The Hawaiian Gazette.(Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918, 29 March 1907, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska1.36kNEBRASKA (BB-14) A GALLANT VESSEL AND ITS FIRST COMMANDER
Sailor Man of Long Experience and Approved Mettle Has Been Selected to Command One of the Finest Battleships that Ever Rode the Waters Under the Stars and Stripes
Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo courtesy of Omaha Daily Bee., (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, 28 July 1907, HALF-TONE SECTION, Images 21 & 22, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 148k Draft of new crew-members standing in formation on the Nebraska's (BB-14) quarterdeck, in San Francisco Bay, California, circa November 1907. Note the wind screens rigged around the ship's rails, and her open hatches. The original image is printed on post card stock, and is postmarked at San Francisco, 20 January 1908. It bears a message, dated 19 January 1908, from Abraham DeSomer, a member of Nebraska's crew, stating "This is a picture of the 260 men we got when we came down here from Bremerton, Wash."U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106203. Collection of Lieutenant Commander Abraham DeSomer, USN. Donated by Lieutenant COlonel Russell DeSomer, U.S. Air Force (Retired), 1975.
BB-14 Nebraska3.2.57kBattleship Nebraska's (BB-14) football Team Beats Colorado's (ACR-7) MenImage and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 26 December 1907, Image 10, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-13 Virginia585k Nebraska (BB-14) gets an escort of tugs during the early years of her career.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
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.
BB-14 Nebraska613kBattleship Nebraska (BB-14) and Its Interest for the People of Its Name State Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo courtesy of Omaha Daily Bee., (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, 03 May 1908, HALF-TONE SECTION, Image 21, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 180k Stern view of the Nebraska (BB-14) & Wisconsin (BB-9), probably in San Francisco on 6th May 1908.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-14 Nebraska 141k Postcard photo of the Nebraska (BB-14) in drydock at Puget Sound Navy Yard.
After shakedown and alterations, the new battleship joined the "Great White Fleet" at San Francisco after 6 May 1908, replacing Alabama (BB-8).
Photo courtesy of greatwhitefleet.info, by William Stewart.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Fleet at Long Beach 507k The fleet at San Francisco, 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.
BB-14 Nebraska 144k Captain Reginald F. Nicholson, Commanding Officer of the Nebraska (BB-14). Digital ID: ggbain 06213. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-14 Nebraska525kWhen the Nebraskans Gave a Silver Service to Their Great Battleship Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo courtesy of Omaha Daily Bee., (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, 17 May 1908, HALF-TONE SECTION, Image 19, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 286k THE MAGNIFICENT SILVER SERVICE FOR THE BATTLESHIP NEBRASKA (BB-14) returns after 91 years! Images provided by: omaha.com.
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.
BB-14 Nebraska 1.60k Nebraska (BB-14) 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-14 Nebraska 97k Nebraska (BB-14) photographed in 1908, probably in a U.S. West Coast harbor. Ship's name in large letters mounted on her bridge face. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH-63137 submitted by Robert Hurst.
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, New Jersey (BB-16) or Rhode Island (BB-17). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106069. 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 a Indiana class (BB-1 / 3), 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-14 Nebraska56kColor phtoto card of Nebraska (BB-14), circa 1907. Photo courtesy of historybound.net
BB-14 Nebraska 468k THESE ARE GIVEN TO THE JACKIES
Domain of Neptuntis Rex
TO ALL WHO GO DOWN TO THE SEA IN GREAT SHIPS: GREETINGS
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo & text by The Hawaiian Star. (Honolulu [Oahu]) 1893-1912, 28 July 1908, SECOND EDITION, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 07/14/14.
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-14 Nebraska 60k World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet", 1907-09. Starboard side view of the Nebraska (BB-14), in Sydney Harbor, Australia, in late August 1908. Photo printed on a stereographic card, copyrighted by Underwood & Underwood, and submitted by Warren McLean.
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-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.
USNHC # NH 59552.
BB-13 Virginia1.00kA Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) battleship in the foreground and an Indiana class (BB-1 / 3) in the background both sprout lots of smoke and large American flags from their masts in this pre 1909 painting.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-14 Nebraska2.60k Nebraska (BB-14) underway circa 1909 or earlier. Photo courtesy of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909, held in Seattle. General history, Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, fully illustrated - meet me in Seattle 1909 - Page 81 via Robert Hurst.
BB-14 Nebraska 402k The Nebraska (BB-14) tied up (on the right) at the Brooklyn Navy Shipyard ca. 1909. The battleship on the left is Connecticut (BB-18). Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org.

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