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BB-19 USS LOUISIANA
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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 Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA., February 7 1903. Launched August 27 1904. Commissioned June 2 1906. Decommissioned October 20 1920. Stricken November 10 1923.
Fate: Sold November 1 1923 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-19 Louisiana 69k Louisiana (BB-19) with her masts enveloped in lights, possibly after returning home 22 February 1909. USN photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
 Hudson-Fulton Celebration 93k Battleships anchored in the Hudson River, off 145th Street, New York City, during the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, 25 Sept - 9 Oct. 1909. Photograph by Thaddeus Wilkerson, 522 W. 145th St., New York, reproduced on a postal card. Ships present are (from left to right):
Louisiana (BB-19);
Idaho (BB-24);
Kansas (BB-21);
Vermont (BB-20) &
Connecticut (BB-18).
Identification on the first two listed is certain. That on the last three is probable.
USNHC # NH 91471, Courtesy of Jack Howland, 1980.
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-19 Louisiana 64k Church pennant flying above the National Ensign at the ship's stern, circa the middle or later 1910s. The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock. Inscribed on its reverse is the following hand-written note: "The white flag with blue cross is the Church flag, the only flag ever allowed to fly above the stars and stripes. It is a pretty sight on Sunday morning to witness such a scene on all the ships. The Louisiana (BB-19) holds Protestant services." U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106254. Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008. Photo added 12/23/08.
BB-19 Louisiana 90k Underway, circa 1910-14. USNHC # NH 51421.
BB-19 Louisiana 61k Off New York City during the Fleet Review, 3 October 1911. Photographed by the New York Navy Yard. USNHC # NH 51914.
Connecticut Class189kTwo Connecticut class (BB-18-22/25). battleships pictured against the background of a Guantanamo Bay sunset, 1913-14. Courtesy of Bob Mabin. Photo i.d. courtesy of Geoffry Woods.
BB-19 Louisiana148kThe Louisiana (BB-19) taken 17 July 1913.
Between 6 July 1913 and 24 September 1915 Louisiana made three voyages from east coast ports to Mexican waters. On the first (6 July to 29 December 1913), she stood by to protect American lives and property and to help enforce both the Monroe Doctrine and the arms embargo which had been established to discourage further revolutionary disturbances In Mexico. Her second voyage (14 April to 8 August 1914) came at a time when tension between Mexico and the United States was at its peak during the shelling and occupation of Vera Cruz. Louisiana sailed a third time for Mexican waters to protect American interests again from 17 August to 24 September 1915.
Digital ID: # LC-B2-2455-1. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-19 Louisiana121kCoaling Louisiana (BB-19) on 16 April 1914 on her second voyage to Mexico (14 April to 8 August 1914) came at a time when tension between Mexico and the United States was at its peak during the shelling and occupation of Vera Cruz. Digital ID: # ggbain 15757, LC-B2-3024-10. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-19 Louisiana 98k Photographed in harbor, shortly before World War I. Note blast deflector fitted to her foremast top. USNHC # NH 51418.
BB-18 Connecticut99kRear Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher, USN (center, front)with Mexican Officials and U.S. Navy Officers on the quarterdeck of a U.S. Navy battleship off Vera Cruz, probably at the time of the U.S. intervention there, circa April-November 1914. Many of those present are identified on Photo # NH 95151 (complete caption). Photographed by Hadsell, Vera Cruz. The ship appears to be one of the Connecticut class (BB-18-22/25). Note 12"/45 guns, with sub-caliber rifles and sighting training devices mounted on them. USNHC # NH 61208.
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.
BB-19 Louisiana 82k "On the battleship Louisiana (BB-19) in the latest wargames. Ready to drop mines over the ship's side into Narragansett Bay." USN photo by Enrique Muller Jr, text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 29 August 1915, page 1, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
BB-19, 32 & 33 65k U.S. Atlantic Fleet at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1916-1917. Third section from left (of six) of a panoramic photograph taken from the Naval Station radio tower. Among the ships present are: a battleship that is either Wyoming (BB-32)or Arkansas (BB-33) (left foreground), minelayers Baltimore (CM-1) and San Francisco (CM-2) (toward the left, far distance), destroyers Nicholson (DD-52) (left center, middle distance) and Cushing (DD-55) (right center, middle distance), and battleship Louisiana (BB-19) (right center, far distance, with "La." written above it). Photo USNHC # NH 76419 courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Donation of MMC Jesse Forton, USN (Retired), 1972.
BB-19 Louisiana 90k Maneuvering in line abreast off the Atlantic coast, 1917, as seen from the masthead of Minnesota (BB-22), the Division flagship. Ships seen are (from front to rear):
Louisiana (BB-19); Kansas (BB-21); and New Hampshire (BB-25).
USNHC # NH 63337.
Connecticut Class Battleships104kConnecticut Class (BB-18 - 22 & 25) battleships steaming in column, probably during a training operation circa 1918. Letterpress reproduction of a photograph. It was published with a quite incorrect caption identifying these ships as units of the Sixth Battle Squadron in the North Sea.USNHC # NH 105386. Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2007.
BB-19 Louisiana 82k Starboard side view, 1919. USN photo courtesy of Larry Bonn.
BB-19 Louisiana 61k View on board, looking aft on the port side as the steam lighter Knickerbocker approaches. The latter is loaded with troops who are to be transferred to Louisiana (BB-19) for transportation home to the United States, 1919. Probably photographed at Brest, France. The original photograph was printed on post card ("AZO") stock. USNHC # NH 104811. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
BB-19 Louisiana68kThe Louisiana (BB-19) taking aboard troops of the "Arrow" Division for passage home from France, 1919. The men are embarking on Louisiana from the ferry lighter Knickerbocker. Location is probably Brest harbor. The original photograph is printed on post card ("AZO") stock. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 105871. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2009.
BB-19 Louisiana 120k The Louisiana (BB-19) arriving at New York City with a load of troops from France, 1919. Photo printed on a stereograph card, published by the Keystone View Company. USNHC # NH 82704.
BB-19 Louisiana 82k "The 59th Coast Artillery, Brooklyn's "Lucky 13th" arrives in New York Harbor in an 80 mile an hour gale aboard the battleship's Louisiana (BB-19) & New Hampshire (BB-25).
This photograph shows the Louisiana steaming up the Hudson river accompanied by the Mayor's Committee of Welcome Aboard the Patrol".
Times Photo Service, text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 2 February 1919, Page 8, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
BB-19 Louisiana 132k A flag drapped Louisiana (BB-19) on Sunday 16 February 1919 as part of the 4th Battleship Division. Beginning 24 December 1918 she saw duty as a troop transport, making four voyages to Brest, France, to carry troops back to the United States. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-19 Louisiana 78k Arriving at New York City with a load of troops from France, 1919. The tug Excelsior (closest to camera) is among those assisting her into her berth. Photo printed on a stereograph card, published by the Keystone View Company. USNHC # NH 82654.
BB-19 Louisiana100kThe Louisiana (BB-19) coaling from a Navy collier, circa 1918-1920. The collier is either Proteus (AC-9) or Nereus (AC-10). Note one of her coal transfer buckets dumping its load on Louisiana's deck, amidships, and Sailors working to send the coal below to the battleship's fuel bunkers. The original photograph is printed on post card ("AZO") stock. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 105898. Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008..
(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 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 Louisiana Images
4 General views of Louisiana from The Library Of Congress Server.

USS LOUISIANA BB-19 History
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