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BB-18 USS CONNECTICUT
1903-1907


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1908-1909 / Great White Fleet Cruise
1910 - 1923


Connecticut Class Battleship: Displacement 16,000 Tons, Dimensions, 456' 4" (oa) x 76' 10" x 26' 9" (Max). Armament 4 x 12"/45 8 x 8"/45, 12 x 7"/45 20 x 3"/50, 4 21" tt. Armor, 11" Belt, 12" Turrets, 3" Decks, 9" Conning Tower. Machinery, 16,500 HP; 2 vertical, triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 18 Knots, Crew 881.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York, Naval Ship Yard, March 10 1903. Launched September 29 1904. Commissioned September 29 1906. Decommissioned March 1 1923. Stricken November 10 1923.
Fate: Sold November 1 1923 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-18 Connecticut 3.12k NEW TYPE OF BATTLESHIP DESIGNED BY ADMIRAL BOWLES.
Precursor of the Connecticut (BB-18).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 20 July 1901, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 3.76k Navy's biggest ship, the Battleship Connecticut's (BB-18) ways are extremely strong. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 28 January, 1903, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 902k OUR TEN YEARS ADVANCE IN BATTLESHIP
THE NEW GROUPS OF ARMORZD WAR VESSELS PROGRESS IN GUNS, PLATES AND POWDER - GREATER DISPLACEMENT
THE BATTLESHIP CONNECTICUT (BB-18) AS SHE WILL APPEAR IN ACTION
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo from The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 01 February 1903, Magazine Section, Image 51, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 1.36k UNCLE SAM'S BIGGEST BOAT.
The above snapshot shows the laying of the Connecticut's (BB-18) keel at the navy yard.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from Deseret Evening News. (Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 18 April 1903, Last Edition, Part Three, Image 17, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 2.33k Picture from Original Drawing Published in "The Navy League Journal.
THE BATTLESHIP CONNECTICUT (BB-18).
Now being built at the New-York Navy Yard
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 02 September 1903, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 2.81k BUILDING AMERICA'S GREATEST BATTLESHIPS
A TIME RACE FOR A STAKE OF MILLIONS
Contestants: The United States Government and the Newport News Shipbuilding Company

The Rivals Must Show Within a Time Limit of Forty-five Months, Whether the Navy Department or the Corporation is the Best Builder of the Nation's Sea-Fighting Machine
First Class Battleship Connecticut (BB-18) as She Will Appear When Completed.
Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Appeal. (Saint Paul, Minn;) 1889-19??, 23 April 1904, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 1.74k GRANDDAUGHTER OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S SECRETARY OF NAVY.
The announcement has been made by Governor Chamberlain that the honor of christening the battleship Connecticut (BB-18) will fall on a former Hartford girl, 'Miss Alice Brainard Welles, only granddaughter of the late Gideon Welles, famous Connecticut politician and Secretary of the Navy under Presidents Lincoln and Johnson.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside; Riverside, CA
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 31 August 1904, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 2.11k UNCLE SAM'S NEW AND POWERFUL BATTLESHIP CONNECTICUT (BB-18)
SEA FIGHTER AS SHE WILL APPEAR AT LAUNCHING SEPTEMBER 29 BEFORE THIRTY THOUSAND GUESTS
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 20 September 1904, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov
BB-18 Connecticut 2.98k THE CONNECTICUT (BB-18) AS SHE WILL LOOK WHEN COMPLETED. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 25 September 1904, Image 18, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 2.19k THE CONNECTICUT (BB-18), THE NAVY'S MOST POWERFUL BATTLESHIP. Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 25 September 1904, Second Section, Image 17, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 2.82k The Connecticut (BB-18) as she looked today on the ways at the Navy Yard. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 26 September 1904, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 803k EFFORT IS MADE TO DAMAGE NEW BATTLESHIP CONNECTICUT (BB-18).
DIAGRAM SHOWING THE INCREASE IN SIZE OF TYPES OF U.S. BATTLESHIPS SINCE 1892
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo from The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 28 September 1904, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 1.15k BIG BATTLESHIP CONNECTICUT (BB-18) IS OCEAN'S BRIDE
MISS ALICE WELLES, SPONSOR FOR NEW BATTLESHIP
She Christened the Connecticut as the Big Sea Fighter Passed Off the Ways
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 29 September 1904, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 1.58k BIG BATTLESHIP CONNECTICUT (BB-18) NOW RIDES WAVES IN SAFETY
Launched Yesterday in the Presence of Immense Throng of People. Champagne Bottle Failed to Break and Was Smashed by Sailor.
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from The Times Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1903-1914, 30 September 1904, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 2.57k LAUNCHING THE BATTLESHIP CONNECTICUT (BB-18) AT THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD YESTERDAY.
AS SHE STRIKES THE WATER.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 30 September 1904, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 2.26k SNAPSHOT OF THE BATTLESHIP CONNECTICUT (BB-18) AT THE MOMENT WHEN SHE STARTED DOWN THE WAYS WITH CROWD CHEERING Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Seattle Star. (Seattle, Wash.) 1899-1947, 05 October 1904, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 1.66k GIANT BATTLESHIP CONNECTICUT (BB-18) LAUNCHED TODAY AT THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD
From a Photograph Taken Especially for The Evening World by Staff Photographer Curtis as the Formidable Sea Fighter Was Actually Sliding Into the Water After Being Christened by Miss Alice Welles
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 29 September 1904, Evening Edition, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 1.66k BATTLESHIP CONNECTICUT (BB-18) LAUNCHED
Chief Naval Constructor Richard H. Robinson. Only Twenty Nine Years of age. He Has Charge of Building of Big Battleship.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 29 September 1904, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 3.85k SAFEGUARDING A BATTLESHIP
Since the Mysterious Attempt to Destroy the Connecticut (BB-18) the Ship Has Been Guarded Night and Day. The Picture Shows the Extreme Care Now Taken of the Ship Afloat
Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Saint Paul Globe. (St. Paul, Minn.) 1896-1905, 08 October 1904, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 1.26k THE CONNECTICUT (BB-18), NOW ALL BUT FINISHED IS NO DREADNOUGHT, BUT SHE WILL REMAIN THE QUEEN OF THE AMERICAN NAVY FOR SOME TIME.
The Mighty Connecticut Practically Completed in Brooklyn.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 01 April 1906, Image 20, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 1.89k TEST OF BATTLESHIP CONNECTICUT (BB-18) BEFORE GOING INTO COMMISSION
Interesting Tests Being Made to Determine Stability of Uncle Sam's New Fighter
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times.(Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 13 September 1906, Last Edition, Image 14, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 3.16k BUILDING A BATTLESHIP
How a floating fortress is put together.
Various views of the Connecticut (BB-18) under construction & in drydock.
Image provided by: University of California, Riverside;
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 21 October 1906, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Connecticut Class104kModel of the name sake Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) and her five sisters:
Louisiana (BB-19),
Vermont (BB-20),
Kansas (BB-21),
Minnesota (BB-22),
New Hampshire (BB-25), as built, dated 23 March 1928.
Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group RG-19N, Box 33. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-18 Connecticut71k Photo by Enrique Miller of the Connecticut (BB-18) sometime shortly after her launching in September 1904. Photo courtesy of greatwhitefleet.info, by William Stewart.
BB-18 Connecticut71k Photo by Enrique Miller of the Connecticut (BB-18) sometime shortly after her launching in September 1904. Photo courtesy of Arnold A. Putnam.
BB-18 Connecticut 990k PANAMA CANAL WILL BE LARGE ENOUGH TO AFFORD PLENTY OF ROOM TO THE LARGEST SHIP AFLOAT
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ENGINEERS PLAN OF THE CANAL

It is seen that the channel will easily accommodate the biggest vessels of the American Navy, like the battleship Connecticut (BB-18). The entire width of the canal excavation will be 340 feet; the bank on either side will be 10 feet high and 50 feet wide. So the width of the canal proper at the water line will be nearly 240 feet. There will be 35 feet of water, and as the canal's sides shelve inward, the bottom will be 150 feet wide. The battleship Connecticut, for example, is of 76 feet 10 inches beam. Its draft on its trial trip was 24 feet, 6 inches, and is 36 feet 9 inches at its displacement. So there will be nearly nine feet of water under the keel of such a vessel and the bottom of the canal, and in passing through it will be able in use its own power, working its engines at low speed.
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo courtesy of The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 01 August 1905, Image 3,via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 769k THE GOVERNMENT-BUILT BATTLESHIP CONNECTICUT (BB-18).
Keel laid 10 March 1903. Launched, 29 September 1904. Present condition, 88 per cent completed. Trials will take place March, 1906.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1885-1921, 10 October 1905, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 858k LAUNCHING THE CONNECTICUT (BB-18), THE LARGEST BATTLESHIP IN THE UNITED STATES NAVYImage and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1885-1921, 05 November 1904, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 07/24/14.
BB-18 Connecticut108kWhat appears to be a part of her secondary armament of either 8"/45, 7"/45 guns is being lifted aboard the Connecticut (BB-18) while fitting out at the New York Naval Shipyard on 31 January 1906.Photo courtesy of maritmequest.com.
BB-18 Connecticut47k Connecticut (BB-18) getting one of her bow 12"/45 (30.5 cm) guns installed while fitting out at the New York Naval Shipyard on 31 January 1906.USN photo courtesy of navweaps.com.
BB-18 Connecticut1.59kEngland's monster battleship compared with our giant Connecticut (BB-18). Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Evening World.(New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 22 February 1906, Final Results Edition, Image 3,via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut123kConnecticut (BB-18) running speed trials off the Maine coast, 1906. Photographed by Enrique Muller. Note sailors crowding the rails, watching the photographer's boat, which is about to be swamped by the battleship's bow wave.Larry Bonn /
USNHC # NH 553.
BB-18 Connecticut241k Colorized photographic print of the above photo of the Connecticut (BB-18) running speed trials off the Maine coast, 1906. Courtesy of Andrew Tabak.
BB-18 Connecticut 1.63k AT WORK ON THE LOADING DUMMY.
By the use of this machine men become experts at lifting and loading the heavy shells, and at the same time much wear and tear ef the gum is saved, as the breechblock is swung into position after each shell is loaded and is opened again for the next shell. The mechanism would soon be worn out if the big guns were used for such practice work.
The new device is manufactured entirely in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, under the supervision of Captain Rohrer, inspector of ordnance, and Superintendent McCluskey, in charge of the ordnance machine shop. It is made mostly of steel, although there are a few parts of brass, and these are supported by a framework of steel. Each weighs about fifteen hundred pounds and is six to eight feet in length. The one shown in the accompanying illustration is intended for the Connecticut (BB-18).
Image provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 20 May 1906, Image 18, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut111kStereoscopic color print of the Connecticut (BB-18) with the battleships Louisiana (BB-19) on her starboard side and the Vermont (BB-20) on her port, during the Naval Review at Oyster Bay, summer 1906. [Unless there was a mistake on the date].Courtesy of Paul Petosky.
BB-18 Connecticut118kThe National Ensign is raised during commissioning ceremonies on the new battleship's after deck, at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, 29 September 1906.USNHC # NH 55335.
BB-18 Connecticut83kPort beam view of the Connecticut (BB-18) in her original configuration as seen in this postcard drawn by Edward H. Mitchell Publishers of San Francisco, CA. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-18 Connecticut164kStarboard side underway as built, circa 1906-08.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-18 Connecticut227kWith the hot sun beating down, canvas awnings cover bow and stern. Joining the Atlantic Fleet, Connecticut (BB-18) became flagship 16 April 1907, and later that month joined in the Presidential Fleet Review and other ceremonies opening the Jamestown Exposition. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-18 Connecticut104k Circa 1907 color print of the Connecticut (BB-18), as built.USN photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
BB-18 Connecticut145kSteam launches surround the Connecticut (BB-18) and another battleship as they lie at anchor, circa 1907.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-18 Connecticut 1.98k Wireless Telephones For Battleships Permit Admiral To Talk To All Ships With Boundless Ocean As Transmitter
HELLO, CAPTAINS! THIS IS EVANS!"
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 14 October 1907, Last Edition, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 558k Port quarter view & broadside of the Connecticut (BB-18) around the time of her great voyage. Photo # 80G-433633 & 80G-433641 (Insert)from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-18 Connecticut 1.88k Connecticut's (BB-18) Powerful Ship; Admiral Evans Praises Her Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 16 November 1907, Last Edition, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov
BB-18 Connecticut 1.57k GETTING THE BATTLESHIPS AT THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD READY FOR THEIR VOYAGE TO THE PACIFIC.
BLOCKING UP THE ALABAMA (BB-8) IN DRY DOCK.
THE SHIP'S POST-OFFICE ON THE CONNECTICUT (BB-18).
REPAIRING A PROPELLER OF THE CONNECTICUT
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 24 November 1907, Image 19, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 1.17k DEPARTURE OF BATTLESHIPS FROM HAMPTON ROADS
THE CONNECTICUT (BB-18) LEADING THE FLEET OUT TO SEA
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 18 December 1907, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 2.86k Battleship Connecticut (BB-18) Will Carry an Assorted Lot Of Mascots on the Long Cruise With Fleet to the Pacific
Jackies on Admiral Evans's Flagship Have Collected 2 Goats, a Pig, 2 Fox Terriers and a Big St. Bernard
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 03 December 1907, Final Results Edition, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 1.85k FLOWER of the NAVY'S ship's and MEN Make up the GIANT PACIFIC FLEET
ADMIRAL EVANS, THE CONNECTICUT (BB-18), ABOVE, THE MAYFLOWER.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 08 December 1907, Magazine Section, Image 51, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 3.00k View of the deck of the battleship Connecticut (BB-18) of the Atlantic fleet, taken while that vessel was passing under Brooklyn bridge, and photograph of Admiral Robley D. Evans, commander in chief of the armada that will start upon its long cruise today. Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 16 December 1907, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut 2.43k HOW SANTA CLAUS COMES TO AN AMERICAN BATTLESHIP AT SEA; ADMIRAL EVANS WRITES STORY OF HIS MOST THRILLING XMAS DAY.
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOGRAPH OF ADMIRAL EVANS TAKEN IN HIS CABIN ON BATTLESHIP CONNECTICUT (BB-18), THE ADMIRAL HOLDING IN HIS FINGERS THE WIRELESS TELEPHONE TRANSMITTERS OVER WHICH HE WILL SEND A "MERRY CHRISTMAS" TODAY TO ALL THE SHIPS OF HIS FLEET
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo courtesy of The Seattle Star. (Seattle, Wash.) 1899-1947, 25 December 1907, Last Edition, Image 8, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.

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