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BB-14 USS NEBRASKA


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 MCBRIDE DRIVING THE FIRST RIVET
PLACING THE KEEL PLATES IN POSITION
GOVERNOR MCBRIDE 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.USN 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.USN 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 launching 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 pounders, 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-14 Nebraska 1.05k The liner Orizaba stands out at the repair yard, believed to be the old Moran establishment.The Nebraska (BB-14) is in the background, circa 1905. Photo from the book Maritime Memories of Puget Sound by Jim Gibbs and Joe Willamson, 1987, via Tommy Trampp.
BB-14 Nebraska 1.51k A handsome fighting ship in every respect, no ship in Uncle Sam's Navy had a more avid group of followers, for many Seattleites assisted the yard financially in landing the contract for the Nebraska (BB-14). Photo from the book Maritime Memories of Puget Sound by Jim Gibbs and Joe Willamson, 1987, via Tommy Trampp.
BB-14 Nebraska 699k A bow on view of the Nebraska (BB-14), 1904-05. Photo from the book Maritime Memories of Puget Sound by Jim Gibbs and Joe Willamson, 1987, via Tommy Trampp.
BB-14 Nebraska 695k A bow on view of the Nebraska (BB-14), center right, 1904-05. Photo from the book Maritime Memories of Puget Sound by Jim Gibbs and Joe Willamson, 1987, via Tommy Trampp.
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 appeared 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.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Great White Fleet Cruise
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.USN 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.
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.USN 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.
BB-14 Nebraska 480k Anchored in a bay, the cage mast of another battleship is visible near her rear turret. US National Archives photo # 80G-1035068 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-14 Nebraska 948k Nebraska (BB-14) with Abbey Inn in the background. Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo # LC-D4-39202 courtesy of loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 948k Nebraska (BB-14) with Abbey Inn in the background. Photo from the book Maritime Memories of Puget Sound by Jim Gibbs and Joe Willamson, 1987, via Tommy Trampp.
BB-14 Nebraska 68k Photographed by Brown & Shaffer in 1909, soon after she had been fitted with a "cage" foremast. USNHC # NH 101508.
BB 143.54kFOOTBALL SQUAD OF THE BATTLESHIP NEBRASKA (BB-14).
Football Title at Stake
Jackies Clear Snow Off American League Park for Championship Battleship Game.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 31 December 1909, Image 9, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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BB 143.51kSOME BRILLIANT PLAYS IN FOOTBALL GAME FOR BATTLESHIP CHAMPIONSHIP YESTERDAY
"Red" Magruda' Leads the Nebraska (BB-14) Eleven To Well Earned Victory over Missouri (BB-11).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 02 January 1910, Image 10, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 70k Underway off New York City, 22 July 1910, shortly after she had received her "cage" mainmast. Photograph USNHC # NH 101508 from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-14 Nebraska 98k The Nebraska (BB-14) continued duty with the Atlantic Fleet. She appears here docked probably in a Atlantic port in a photo dated 15 October 1910. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB 14932kMAKE GREAT IMPRESSION ABROAD
Rhode Island (BB-17) and other fleet units were reviewed 2 November 1910 at Boston by President Taft prior to their departure for European waters. In an elaborate battle and scouting problem, the fleet continued its training, Rhode Island subsequently visiting Gravesend, England, before returning to Guantanamo Bay 13 January 1911.
The battleship forward is the Nebraska (BB-14), and astern is seen the Rhode Island.
Image and text provided by DANFS & University of Utah, Marriott Library
Photo by The Salt Lake Herald-Republican. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1909-1918, 25 December 1910, Section One, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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-14 Nebraska 96k View from the foremast head, looking toward the bow, while the ship was in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on 22 February 1911. She is dressed with flags in honor of George Washington's birthday. USNHC # NH 77183.
BB 144.34kA HOLY TERROR
This is the most dreadful looking thing of human fabrication on earth namely a first-class battleship running full speed under forced draught, seen bow on, coming down on you twenty knots an hour. The Nebraska (BB-14), shown here with a big bone in her teeth, is one of the crack fighters Uncle Sam has gathered off Cape Cod for the biggest naval war game ever played by American ships.
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Tacoma Times. (Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 21 July 1911, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 49k In the Hudson River, off New York City, 3 October 1911. The Palisade Amusement Park is in the right distance. Photograph USNHC # NH 101508, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
Nebraska 94k Nebraska (BB-14) probably off New York City, circa 1912. Digital ID # ggbain 04443v, LC-B2-943-4. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-14 Nebraska 615k Nebraska (BB-14) in drydock, circa 1912. Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 4a16213v courtesy of loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 164k Ship's baseball team, 1912. USNHC # NH 45672.
BB-14 Nebraska 116k Ship's football team, 1912. Note inscription on football in lower center, identifying the team as that year's champions of the Third Division (Atlantic Fleet). Photographed by E.A. Hodge, Boston, Massachusetts. USNHC # NH 45673.
BB 14859kBattleship to Mobilize With Gunboats at Key West
UNITED STATES BATTLESHIP NEBRASKA (BB-14).
PRESENCE OF VESSELS EXPECTED TO AWE REBELS
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 25 May 1912, FINAL EDITION, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB 14980kTHE UNITED STATES BATTLESHIP NEBRASKA (BB-14).
Which ran on some uncharted rocks off Point Judith.
MUST GO INTO DRYDOCK
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 10 August 1912, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB 141.66kMap Showing Where Warships Are Going
The battleship Virginia (BB-13) is hurrying to Tampico and the battleships Vermont (BB-20), Nebraska (BB-14) and Georgia (BB-15) to Vera Cruz.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo by The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 13 February 1913, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB 14836kGUNS THAT THREATEN MEXICO.
Massive guns of the forward double turret of the United States battleship Nebraska (BB-14), now at Vera Cruz, whither it was rushed under hurry-up orders from the state department in Washington.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo by The Salt Lake Tribune. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1890-current, 24 February 1913, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 02/19/15.
Vera Cruz Incident
BB-18 Connecticut489kMARINES LAND AT VERA CRUZ
Badger's Ships Ordered to Blockade Harbor of Vera Cruz
Five of the Battleships Which Will Participate in Blockade
Image and text provided by University of Oregon, Knight Library; Eugene, OR.
Photo courtesy of The Evening Herald. (Klamath Falls, Or.) 1906-1942, 21 April 1914, 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-27 & BB 14377kThe fourth division of the U.S. Battleship Fleet on the firing line, Southern Drill grounds.
This photo is taken from the Nebraska (BB-14), the name of which is written on a life preserver.
The lower photo shows the U.S. battleship Michigan (BB-27) taking aboard a drenching spray from a heavy swell.
Photo by Enrique Mueller Jr.
Text courtesy of N.Y. Tribune, 9 May 1915, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 275k Postcard reproduction of the above photo by Enrique Mueller Jr of the fourth division of the U.S. Battleship Fleet on the firing line, Southern Drill grounds. Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
BB-27196kMichigan in the lead followed by Nebraska, (BB-14) exercise together between 1910 & 1915. Digital ID # ggbain 09626, LC-B2-2272-9. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
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.
Atlantic Fleet4.42k"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 Virginia (BB-13) is leading the ships shown in the photograph to the left, and is followed by the Rhode Island (BB-17), Nebraska (BB-14), Georgia (BB-15), New Hampshire (BB-25) and Louisiana (BB-19) in the order named.
Photo by International News Service, courtesy of memory.loc.gov. Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 23 May 1915, Page 3.
PDF image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo by The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 19 May 1915, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 4.29k "Blue Jackets tumbling overboard from the battleship Nebraska (BB-14) after a day of "fighting" in the recent war games off the Rhode Island coast, 29 August 1915." USN photo by Enrique Muller Jr, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, page 6, 29 August 1915.
BB-14 Nebraska 97k The Navy Cross is awarded to Captain Guy Hamilton Burrage for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as commanding officer of the Nebraska (BB-14) from 27 April 1915 to July 1918. Photo from the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
Photo & text by Omaha Daily Bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, 25 July 1915, EDITORIAL SOCIETY, Image 13, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-14 Nebraska 168k Port bow of the Nebraska (BB-14), camouflaged at Norfolk Va., 20 April 1918. U.S.National Archives # 165-WW-335A-44.
BB-14 Nebraska 145k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci titled "Brazilian Convoy", showing the battleship Nebraska (BB-14) in a "Watson/Norfolk scheme 3, which is a very unique camouflage.
At Hampton Roads 16 May 1918 Nebraska received on board the body of the late Carlos M. DePena, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary from Uruguay, with full honors, departing Hampton Roads the same day and arriving Montevideo 10 June in company with Pittsburgh (ACR-4), flagship of the Pacific Fleet. The Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, came on board for the ceremonies and the body of the late Uruguayan Minister to the United States was transferred with full honors. Nebraska departed Montevideo 15 June for home, arriving Hampton Roads 26 July.
Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-14 Nebraska 66k At Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, circa June - July 1918. Note her elaborate camouflage scheme. USNHC # NH 50066.
BB-14 Nebraska 77k Wearing an experimental camouflage scheme, circa 1918. USNHC # NH 101208.
Ridley McLean 169k Captain Ridley McLean was the Commanding Officer of the battleship Nebraska (BB-14) from September 1918 to September 1919. Photo from the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba791kNebraska (BB-14) made four voyages from the United States to Brest, France, transporting 4,540 troops to and from the United states. On the first trip, she departed Hampton Roads 30 December 1918, arrived Brest 11 January 1919, and returned Newport News 28 January. The final voyage to return veterans from France ended when she arrived Newport News, Virginia, 21 June with 1,279 troops.
She is seen here at Boston loaded with troops on 10 March 1919.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via flickr.com.
BB-14 Nebraska 39k Inboard profile of Nebraska, (BB-14) 1919. Cranes and masts have been omitted for clarity. Note the central station and battle radio station, both installed during modernization. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-14 Nebraska 60k At Boston, Massachusetts, 19 July 1919. New Jersey (BB-16) is on the opposite side of the pier, with superstructure and forward gun turret visible. Taken by Crosby, Naval Photographer, Boston. USNHC # NH 73977.
BB-14 Nebraska 96k Port Side View, 1919. USN photo courtesy of Larry Bonn.
1920's
BB-44 California141k Aerial view of the California (BB-44) in mid stream after her launching at Mare Island on 20 November 1919. Other ships on the yard's waterfront on that date include from the top to bottom are: Tacoma (C-18) & Denver (C-14); below the cruisers are the battleships Nebraska (BB-14) & Georgia (BB-15); below the battleships and partially hidden by smoke are the destroyers Hamilton (DD-141), Litchfield (DD-336), Zane (DD-337) & Kennison (DD-138); below the destroyers is the outfitting berth for California; in dry dock #1 are H-7 (SS-150) & Lamberton (DD-119); and finally the bottom ship is the USAT Madawaska. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mare Marines310k Nebraska (BB-14) makes her way through the Panama Canal.
On 22 June 1919 Nebraska was detached from the transport service and shortly thereafter sailed to join Division 2, Squadron 1, U.S. Pacific Fleet, for operations along the west coast under command of Captain P. N. Olmstead until she decommissioned 2 July 1920.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-14 Nebraska 256k Nebraska (BB-14) entering Dry Dock #2 at Mare Island on 17 February 1920, USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-15 Grorgia 109k Pacific Fleet Battleships tied up at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, in the Spring of 1920. Ships are (from left-center foreground to right-center distance): Georgia (BB-15); Rhode Island (BB-17); Vermont (BB-20) and Nebraska (BB-14). USNHC # NH 45052.
Mare Marines564kPhoto of the Mare Island Marine football team in the fall of 1920 with the Georgia (BB-15), Nebraska (BB-14) and Rhode Island (BB-17) in the background. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mare Island 108k Mare Island Navy Yard, California. Six destroyers docked at one time in the Yard's concrete Dry Dock # 2, during the 1920s. These ships are all members of Destroyer Division 36. The three in front are (from left to right): Farenholt (DD-332), Sumner (DD-333) and Hull (DD-330). The drydock's dimensions, as given on the photograph, are 740 feet in length and 120 feet in width, with 30 feet of water over the sill.
The destroyers in the back row are MacDonough (DD-331), Corry (DD-334) and Melvin (DD-335). All six ships were dock from 15 Jun 22 until 14 July 22. Masts of the decommissioned battleships Rhode Island (BB-17), Vermont (BB-20), Nebraska, (BB-14) and Georgia (BB-15) are just visible to the left of the dock destroyers.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 70684. Courtesy of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1970. Partial text & photo i.d. courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mare Island 18k Mare Island Navy Yard in late 1923. Ships included the battleships Georgia (BB-15), Nebraska, (BB-14), Vermont (BB-20), and Rhode Island (BB-17), (right center). Also shown is the Tippecanoe (AO-21) and two older cruisers. Vallejo Naval Museum photo courtesy of Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner & submitted by Robert Hurst.
(NISMF)376kA 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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