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BB-22 USS MINNESOTA

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Delta


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, 9" 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, Newport News, VA., October 27 1903. Launched April 8 1905. Commissioned March 9 1907. Decommissioned December 1 1921. Stricken November 10 1923.
Fate: Broken Up for scrap at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard in 1924.
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BB-22 Minnesota 2.94k THE MINNESOTA (BB-22) TO BE QUEEN OF THE OCEAN Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Minneapolis Journal. (Minneapolis, Minn.) 1888-1939, 10 March 1903, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 2.85k GREAT BATTLESHIP MINNESOTA (BB-22) SOON TO SLIDE INTO THE SEA
Some Time in March the Pride of the Navy Will Be Launched—A Wonderful Craft With All the Latest Ideas in Naval Fighting Machinery—Detailed Description of Her Construction, Armament and Equipment

BATTLESHIP MINNESOTA —55 PER CENT COMPLETED—AS SHE LOOKS TODAY ON THE WAYS.
Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Minneapolis Journal. (Minneapolis, Minn.) 1888-1939, 04 February 1905, Image 13, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 3.20k SECOND MINNESOTA (BB-22) WILL BE A FIGHTING MONSTER Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Saint Paul Globe. (St. Paul, Minn.) 1896-1905, 19 March 1905, Page 35, Image 35, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 3.84k Pictures of Minnesota scenery to adorn new battleship. Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Saint Paul Globe. (St. Paul, Minn.) 1896-1905, 26 March 1905, Image 24, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 2.72k AMERICA LAUNCHES BATTLESHIP AS PEACE MESSENGER WHILE JAP AND RUSS FLEETS NEAR WAR'S HUGE HORROR
NEW BATTLESHIP MINNESOTA (BB-22) NOW BRIDE OF SEAS.
Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Minneapolis Journal. (Minneapolis, Minn.) 1888-1939, 08 April 1905, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 3.44k The battleship Minnesota (BB-22) as it shall look when finished. Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Saint Paul Globe. (St. Paul, Minn.) 1896-1905, 09 April 1905, Image 27, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 3.39k BATTLESHIP MINNESOTA (BB-22) RESTS ON BOSOM OF THE DEEP
FAIR SPONSOR IS AGLOW WITH ZEAL
ENTHUSIASM MARKS MISS SCHALLER'S FUNCTION
Dazzling Gowns and Gaudy Uniforms.

With all the ceremony worthy the launching of so great a battleship, the mighty Minnesota was sent into the water today from her docks in the yards of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock company. As the huge hulk of steel, gaily decorated from stem to stern with the national colors, slid down the ways, the thousands of spectators cheered, the naval post band played a national air and all the steam whistles in the vicinity sounded their greetings to the ship.
Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Saint Paul Globe. (St. Paul, Minn.) 1896-1905, 26 March 1905, Image 24, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 875k BATTLESHIP MINNESOTA (BB-22) IS QUEEN OF HER CLASS
New Record for Eighteen Knotters Established by Local Built Craft
MILE AT 19-412 RATE!
During Her Standardizing Trial Off Rockland Yesterday the Vessel Maintained Average Speed of 18.87 Knots Per Hour-Forced Draft Run Today
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from Daily Press. (Newport News, Va.) 1896-current, 25 October 1906, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 75k Seen here on builders trials at 18.1 knots. USNI / USN photo.
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.
Connecticut Class577kSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter takes a tour of a "Great White Fleet" exhibition at Grand Central Station on 11 October 2008. The exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Great White Fleet which includes models of battleships, artifacts and memorabilia from Sailors aboard the ships and photo displays that tell the of the historical naval mission.
Pictured is a model 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).
USN photo # N-5549O-006 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien, courtesy of navy.news.mil.
BB-22 Minnesota 60k The Minnesota (BB-22) as completed, line drawing by A.D. Baker III. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-22 Minnesota 37k MINNESOTA (BB-22) WILL BE DELIVERED February 27
Shipyard Notifies Navy Department That New Battleship is Completed.
The Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company has notified the navy department that the new 16,000 ton battleship Minnesota is completed, excepting a matter of ordinance equipment, and will be delivered to the government at the Norfolk navy yard on February 27. The delivery will be made by General Manager Walter A. Post and the ship will be accepted on behalf of the navy department by Rear Admiral Berry, commandant of the Norfolk navy yard. The Minnesota will he commissioned about March 1.
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from Daily Press. (Newport News, Va.) 1896-current, 10 February 1907, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Hubbard 286k Captain John Hubbard became the first commanding officer of the battleship Minnesota (BB-22) when she was commissioned on 9 March 1907. He commanded Minnesota during her duties related to the Jamestown Exposition in Norfolk, Virginia, from 22 April 1907 to 3 September 1907 and during her voyage around the world as part of the "Great White Fleet" between 16 December 1907 and 22 February 1909. His prior command experience was aboard the gunboat Nashville (PG-7). Hubbard retired from the Navy upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 62 on 19 May 1911. USN photo & text courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-13 Virginia2.07kGREATEST AMERICAN FLEET
EVER ASSEMBLED IN TIME OFPEACE OR WAR UNDER ONE COMMANDER
Great Fighting Sea Monsters At Anchor in Hampton Roads for Spectacular Contrast of U S Engines of War With Foreign Countries Death - Dealing Machines and for Most Powerful and Terrible Peace Plea
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 21 April 1907, Magazine Section, Image 47, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 1.17k WARSHIP LAUNCH LOST
ELEVEN MEN ABOARD

Fear That Six Middies and Five Sailors Perished Off Norfolk
VICTIMS OF THE COLLISION AT SEA.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC. & University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo from New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 12 June 1907, Image 1 & Valentine Democrat (Valentine, Neb.) 1900-1930, 27 June 1907, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 165k 12 June 1907 photo of the Minnesota (BB-22) with additional ships of the Fleet in background. Following her shakedown off the New England coast, Minnesota was assigned to duty in connection with the Jamestown Exposition, Jamestown, Va., 22 April to 3 September 1907. USNHC # 19-N-28-29-4.
BB-22 Minnesota 230k Stereoscopic color print of the view from the bridge of the Minnesota (BB-22) during the Jamestown Exhibition.Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
Great White Fleet Cruise
BB-22 Minnesota 342k Minnesota (BB-22) circa "Great White Fleet", 1907. Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Great White Fleet112kChart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the route to be taken by the Atlantic Fleet's battleships and their associated Torpedo Flotilla, from their December 1907 departure from Hampton Roads, Virginia, until their planned arrival at San Francisco, California, in the spring of 1908. Text below the chart indicates that it was published in mid-December 1907.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106219. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis.
Great White Fleet 345k The "Great White Fleet" steaming in column, probably while departing Hampton Roads, Virginia, at the start of their cruise around the World, December 1907. Kansas (BB-21) is at left, followed by Vermont (BB-20). USN photo # N-0000X-001 courtesy of navy.mil. Photographed by C.E. Waterman, Hampton, Va.
Almost Unknown3.24kUNITED STATES ARMY SIGNAL CORPS OFFICIAL PHOTO OF DEPARTURE OF BATTLESHIP FLEET FROM HAMPTON ROADS
Taken with telephoto camera from top of Chamberlin Hotel. Nearest ship, the Minnesota (BB-22) on right of signal pole, is about two and one-half miles from the camera. The Connecticut (BB-18) shown between third and fourth ship from the right, has turned and is leading the column.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 22 December 1907, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Great White Fleet112kChart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the route of the Atlantic Fleet's battleships from their 29 January 1907 departure from Trinidad until their arrival at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 12 January 1908. It emphasizes the offshore course taken to avoid strong westerly currents off the northeastern coast of South America.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106221. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis.
G. Dall'aros1.39kU.S. Atlantic Fleet Battleships at Anchor. Painting by G. Dall'aros, 1908, depicting three battleships of the "Great White Fleet" in a Brazilian anchorage, January 1908. One of the battleships has a collier alongside. The Brazilian cruiser Almirante Tamandare is in the left foreground. Courtesy of Secretary of the Navy J. William Middendorf, 1977.
USN photo # NH 85503-KN courtesy of the Library of Congress, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, courtesy of flickr.com.
John Charles Roach2.12k"Great White Fleet" Painting by John Charles Roach, 1984, depicting U.S. Atlantic Fleet battleships steaming at sea during their 1907-1909 World cruise.USN photo # NH 95513-KN courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph via the Library of Congress, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, courtesy of flickr.com.
BB-22 Minnesota 856k Minnesota (BB-22) at anchor in 1907. Photo # 4a31465 from Detroit Publishing Company via Robert Hurst.
BB-22 Minnesota 115k Painting by Henry Reuterdahl, depicting Rear Admiral Charles M. Thomas on board Minnesota (BB-22) during the Atlantic Fleet's cruise around the World. The artist has inscribed the work to Rear Admiral Thomas. USNHC # NH 85216-KN, photo courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC. Donation of Miss Ruth Thomas.
Great White Fleet129kChart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the movements of the Atlantic Fleet's battleships from their 8 February 1908 passage of the western part of the Straits of Magellan until their arrival at Callao, Peru, on 20 February 1908.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106227b. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis.
Straits of Magellan290k The "Great White Fleet" in the Straits of Magellan, 1908, from a painting by Henry Reuterdahl.Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
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-22 Minnesota 2.98k HOW SAN FRANCISCO WILL RECEIVE ADMIRAL EVANS HIS OFFICERS & MEN
Ships Company of the Minnesota (BB-22), Flagship of the Third Division
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 26 April 1908, Image 13, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Fleet at Long Beach 507k The fleet at San Diego, 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.
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-22 Minnesota 109k An officer poses in the breech of one of the after turret's 12"/45 guns, 1908. USNHC # NH 46030.
BB-22 Minnesota 3.22k SAILOR IS WED ON BATTLESHIP'S DECK
The accompanying picture shows the principals in the wedding held yesterday on the quarter deck of the battleship Minnesota (BB-22). Reading from left to right: Harry Cockerill, gunners mate, who acted as best man and was himself married two hours before; Seaman Harry L. Heilman, the groom; Mrs. Rose Heilman (nee King), the bride; Miss Pearl Swan, bridesmaid....It was the first time in the annals of the American navy that a bluejacket had been married on the quarterdeck of a battleship....
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 29 June 1908, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 701k Broadside photo of Minnesota (BB-22), probably at Seattle WA during the visit of the "Great White Fleet". Photo by Asahel Curtis, # 80G-433632 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Great White Fleet 108k Minnesota (BB-22) pitching in heavy seas, while bringing fleet mail from Honolulu, circa July 1908. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 105997, photographed by Brown & Shaffer. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
BB-15 Georgia468kENLISTED MEN OH THE MINNESOTA (BB-22) FIXING UP PREPARATORY TO GOING ASHORE AND MEN OF BATTLESHIP GEORGIA (BB-15) IN THE DAILY GRIND OF WASHING DOWN DECKS.Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from Evening Bulletin. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii) 1895-1912, 18 July 1908, 3:30 EDITION, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 200k Postcard circa 1908-09. Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
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-22 Minnesota 115k "World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet", 1907-09. Stern view of the Minnesota (BB-22), in Sydney Harbor, Australia, in late August 1908. Photo courtesy of Warren McLean.
GWF901kTHE ATLANTIC FLEET OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY
From Official Bulletin of Bureau of Navigation showing the Vessels off the Port of Callao practicing the Gridiron maneuver. This is considered by Naval authorities to be the most dangerous evolution in steam tactics and its improper execution caused the loss of HMS Victoria with 798 men in 1893.
Picture faithfully represents the entire Fleet in official formation and vessels can be identified by numbers corresponding to table appended:
First Division
1. Connecticut (BB-18), Flagship, 2. Kansas (BB-21), 3. Vermont (BB-20), 4. Louisiana (BB-19),
Second Division
5. Georgia (BB-15), Flagship, 6. New Jersey (BB-16), 7. Rhode Island (BB-17), 8. Virginia (BB-13),
18 Torpedo Flotilla
Whipple (DD-15), Truxtun (DD-14), Lawrence (DD-8), Stewart (DD-13), Hopkins (DD-6) & Hull (DD-7)
Third Division
9. Minnesota (BB-22), Flagship, 10. Ohio (BB-12), 11. Missouri (BB-11), 12. Maine (BB-10)
17. Yankton {Special Dispatch Tender}
Fourth Division
13. Alabama (BB-8), Flagship 14. Illinois (BB-7), 15. Kearsarge (BB-5), 16. Kentucky (BB-6)
19. Auxiliaries
Glacier, [refrigerating ship], Panther,[repair ship], Culgea, [storeship] & Arethusa,[torpedo flotilla tender].
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by The National Tribune. (Washington, D.C.) 1877-1917, 24 September 1908, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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.
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.
Great White Fleet 106k Postcard published in Japan to commemorate the U.S. Atlantic Fleet's visit there in October 1908. This embossed card features a broadside view of a Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleship and the message "Welcome American Fleet". U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106121-KN. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
BB-22 Minnesota 75k Minnesota (BB-22) pitches her forefoot out of the water during a storm, while steaming from the Philippines to Yokohama, Japan, in October 1908, during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise. USNHC # NH 91751.
BB-22 Minnesota 67k Minnesota (BB-22), port side view. Photographed by Brown & Shaffer, 1909. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold / USNHC # NH 101500.
BB-22 Minnesota 133k The "Great White Fleet" at Gibraltar on 31 January 1909. Donated by Eugene B. Canfield, courtesy of Joe Radigan and the U.S. Naval Institute, Naval History Magazine, December 2002 issue.
Connecticut class 109k One of the Fleet's Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleships at Villefranche, France in 1909. US Naval Historical Center Photo # NH 106137. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
BB-22 Minnesota 1.88k AMERICAN BATTLESHIPS AT ANCHOR IN BEAUTIFUL MEDITERRANEAN BAY
This is a photograph of the first squadron of the American battleship fleet at anchor in the bay of Villafranca. The ships are the Connecticut (BB-18), Vermont (BB-20), Kansas (BB-21), and Minnesota (BB-22). The picture was taken by one of the sea men who climbed the hills to the great road back of the town and made a snapshot. Villafranca is one of the most beautiful places on the Riviera.
Image and text provided by University of Florida.
Photo from The Pensacola Journal. (Pensacola, Fla.) 1898-1985, 23 February 1909, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 1.88k CAPTAIN WHO RECEIVES FINE SILVER TROPHY. Image and text provided by University of Florida.
Photo from The Pensacola Journal. (Pensacola, Fla.) 1898-1985, 25 February 1909, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 1.01k COMMANDER WHO IS ASSIGNED TO SHIP
PRESIDENT'S AID IS GIVEN GOOD BERTH
Commander Sims, Who Has Been on Duty at White House, Is Assigned to Command of War Vessel
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from Los Angeles Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1900-1911, 02 March 1909, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 3.06k SILVER SERVICE PRESENTED BY STATE OF MINNESOTA TO BATTLESHIP OF THAT NAME. Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Wenatchee Daily World.(Wenatchee, Wash.) 1905-1971, 06 April 1909, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 496k Minnesota (BB-22) in Hampton Roads Virginia on 23 June 1909, just after receiving her "basket" masts. Courtesy of H.I. Chapelle, Smithsonian Institution. Source: United States Naval History and Heritage Command via Mike Green.
BB-22 Minnesota 236k Scenes from the Minnesota (BB-22). Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Tacoma Times. (Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 30 November 1909, Image 3 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 3.38k ALL THAT CAN BE SEEN OF THE LAUNCH OF THE BATTLESHIP MINNESOTA (BB-22) WHICH WAS SUNK IN THE NORTH RIVER. HER STACK SHOWS ABOVE THE FLOATING ICE Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 31 December 1909, Image 5, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
1910's
BB-22 Minnesota 106k RADM. Joseph Ballard Murdock flew his flag on the battleship Minnesota (BB-22) as Commander, Battleship Division 3, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in 1910. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-22 Minnesota 261k Minnesota's (BB-22) Chief Petty Officers, posed underneath one of her two turret's 12"/45 guns, 1910. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Guantanamo Bay 127k Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Second Regiment of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet at Deer Point Camp, Guantanamo Bay, 13 February 1910. These men are from the battleships Minnesota (BB-22), New Hampshire (BB-25), Mississippi (BB-23) and Idaho (BB-24). The latter's battalion is in the center of the photograph.
Ships in the harbor are mainly battleships, with some auxiliaries and cruisers also present. Newark (C-1), Station Ship at Guantanamo Bay, is in the center background, with a white hull.
USNHC # NH 105511. Donation of Truman C. Lane, 1990. Panoramic photograph by American Photo Company, Havana, Cuba.
BB-22 Minnesota 686k LIFE ON THE WAR VESSELS OF OUR ATLANTIC FLEET, WHICH IS NOW HARD AT WORK ON GUN PRACTICE IN THE WATERS OFF GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA, IS STRICT AND STRENUOUS, BUT HAS ITS JOLLY SIDE ALSO
NAVY MASCOTS OF THE KANSAS (BB-21).
FIGHTING MEN AND OFFICERS OF THE MINNESOTA (BB-22)
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 20 February 1910, Images 18 & 19, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Photo fix courtesy of Tom Kermen.
Blazes Away 1.06k Deck Scenes on American Battleships
Looking out from the bow of the Minnesota (BB-22).
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from Los Angeles Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1900-1911, 27 February 1910, Image 58, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 84k Minnesota (BB-22) 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-22 Minnesota 95k "A Sailor's Sewing Day Reminds Him Keenly of Home and Mother -- Life on Board a Battleship "Photograph probably taken on board Minnesota (BB-22), circa 1910, and published on a stereographic card by the Keystone View Company during the World War I period. Note other men relaxing and reading. Note "Nick Carter" magazine in center, and men at right holding a Minnesota cap ribbon. USNHC # NH 85292.
BB-22 Minnesota 127k Deck view of the Minnesota's (BB-22) showing the Marine Guard, circa post 1910 following modernization and addition of cage masts. Note another battleship off her port side. Photo courtesy of rootsweb.com & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Atlantic Fleet1.19kMinnesota (BB-22) on a nice sunny day in a bay, with another battleship off her stern. National Archives Identifier: 45512761
Local Identifier: 165-WW-335A-031.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
BB-22 Minnesota 1.01k Reprimanded For His "Last Drop of Blood" Speech
Washington, 15 January; When Commander William S. Sims, U. S. N, commanding the battleship Minnesota (BB-22), flagship of the third division of the Atlantic fleet, made that "last drop of blood" speech in the Guildhall, London, following a dinner and reception to the rank and file of the American fleet by the Lord mayor and the sheriffs of London, it is reasonably certain that he had no idea what a hornets nest that little after" dinner speech was going to stir up. - A general order reprimanding him for this speech has been issued by the secretary of the navy. The order will be sent to every officer of the American navy and posted on every board on every vessel and at every navy yard. Sims is now at Guantanamo, Cuba, in command of the Minnesota.
Image and text provided by University of Florida.
Photo from The Pensacola Journal. (Pensacola, Fla.) 1898-1985, 19 January 1911, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Blazes Away 3.76k BIG BATTLESHIPS IN THE WAR GAME
The great naval war game on the Atlantic coast brought together some of the finest warships owned by Uncle Sam. Seventeen battleships of the North Atlantic fleet comprised the attacking fleet whose object was the capture of the eastern entrance to Long Island Sound. Some of these mighty fighting machines, with the Minnesota (BB-22) in the lead, are shown in the accompanying photograph.
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Iowa.
Photo from Manchester Democrat. (Manchester, Iowa) 1875-1930, 09 August 1911, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 71k From April 1911 until August 1912 Rear Admiral Aaron Ward commanded divisions of the Atlantic Fleet, flying his flag in the battleships Minnesota (BB-22) and Florida (BB-30). Digital ID: # ggbain 16873. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection. Submitted courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-22 Minnesota 65k Photographed in 1911 by O.W. Waterman, Hampton, Virginia. She is flying a Rear Admiral's flag from her mainmast, and has practice gun sighting equipment installed atop her gun turrets. USNHC # NH 73978.
BB-22 Minnesota 86k Minnesota (BB-22) probably along the Hudson at New York, 1911. Digital ID: ggbain # 04458v. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-22 Minnesota 579k FIRST WARSHIP AT THE NEW COLON DOCKS
To the battleship Minnesota (BB-22) belongs the distinction of being the first warship to tie up at the new government docks at Colon. The photograph shows the coaling of the Minnesota at the dock preparatory to her sailing from the canal zone with 600 marines for duty in Mexican waters.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from The Fulton County News. (McConnellsburg, Pa.) 1899-current, 26 February 1912, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Blazes Away 1.18k United States Navy "Blazes Away" $1,000,000 Annually in Target Practice.
American Gunners Are Tested Twice Each Year Under Conditions Reproducing Those of Battle.
Photos from the Minnesota (BB-22) & Delaware (BB-28).

Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 28 April 1912, Image 21, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Atlantic Fleet591kIn 1912, Minnesota's (BB-22) employment schedule began to involve her more in inter-American affairs. During the first half of that gear she cruised in Cuban waters and was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, 7 to 22 June, to support actions aimed at establishing order during the Cuban insurrection. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photograph by Paul Verkin, Galveston, Texas.
National Archives Identifier: 45512766
Local Identifier: 165-WW-335A-033.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
BB-22 Minnesota452kMinnesota (BB-22) at Galveston Texas.Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-22 Minnesota 237k Minnesota (BB-22) & the President's Yacht Mayflower - during the Naval Review at New York on 14 October 1912. Digital ID: ggbain.09952 # 2162984213_da72a17202_o. LC-B2- 2331-9. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
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.
Vera Cruz Incident
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-31 Utah79kVera Cruz Incident, 1914. The Utah (BB-31) battalion marches along the Vera Cruz waterfront while returning to their ship, circa April-June 1914. Battleship in the center distance is Minnesota (BB-22). Ship in the left distance is either Dixie (1898- 1922) or Prairie (1898-1923). Photographed by Hadsell.USNHC # NH 100622.
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.
BB-19 Louisiana 4.51k HOW THEY LANDED OUR MARINES AND BLUEJACKETS FOR ATTACK ON VERA CRUZ
HERE ARE SOME OF THE BIG GUNS THAT SWEPT THE CITY OF VERA CRUZ.

The picture shows some of the big guns on one of the American battleships now in the harbor of Vera Cruz, Mexico. The battleships Connecticut (BB-18), Minnesota (BB-22), New Hampshire (BB-25), Louisiana (BB-19) and Vermont (BB-20) have each 44 guns like these.
Image and text provided by Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, KS.
Photo from The Topeka State Journal. (Topeka, Kan.) 1892-1980, 02 May 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 8, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-22 Minnesota 2.23k HUERTA CALLS OFF HIS LITTLE GUNBOATS, AND THANKFUL AMERICAN NAVY IS ONCE MORE SAFE
Rear Admiral Mayo was ready to maintain an open port, having ordered the battleship Minnesota (BB-22) and other, ships to the mouth of the...
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Iowa.
Photo from Evening Times-Republican. (Marshalltown, Iowa) 1890-1923, 10 June 1914, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Mid - Late 19 Teens / Early 20's
Atlantic Fleet250k OUTLINED AGAINST A CURTAIN OF DARKNESS
A fleet of destroyers and torpedo-boats has now arrived at New York to join the heavy ships of the line. Altogether, about 50 vessels will be assembled when the ceremonies began next Monday. It is promised that the strained international relations will have no effect on the parade.
Photo by International News Service.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo & text by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 13 May 1915, Night Extra, Image 16, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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.
Norfolk Naval Shipyard1.81kNorfolk, VA. Navy Yard. View of the yard in wartime showing several battleships.
First ship on the right (partial view) is a battleship of either the Virginia (BB-13 / 17) or the Connecticut (BB-18 / 22 & 25) class.
Wearing 4 stripes on her center smokestack, the New Hampshire (BB-25) lies broadside; beyond her with 3 stripes on her left stack, is the Georgia (BB-15), (stern facing right); the Louisiana (BB-19) wearing 2 stripes on her 1st stack is behind her. Docked is the Delaware (BB-28), bow on.
Partial photo i.d. courtesy of Chuck Haberlein.
Photo by Brown & Dawson.
National Archives Identifier: 45511816
Local Identifier: 165-WW-330D-1
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
BB-22 Minnesota 73k Target practice with one of the Minnesota's (BB-22) 7"/45 secondary guns. Photo prior to 1919 when all such guns were removed. Photo courtesy of rootsweb.com & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
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.
BB-22 Minnesota 54k S.S. Antilles, probably in U.S. East Coast waters, circa the summer or fall of 1917, while operating as a troopship. She was torpedoed and sunk on 17 October 1917. Minnesota (BB-22) is in the right background. Note that this image has been retouched to emphasize the ships' outlines. USNHC photo # NH 103487, collection of Chief Warrant Officer J.B. Dofflemeyer, 1972 via Joe Perchetti.
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.
Atlantic Fleet272kGun Practice - 3" gun in action - Minnesota (BB-22), circa 1917-18. Photographer: Navy Dept., Bureau of Construction & Repair.
National Archives Identifier: 45510705
Local Identifier: 165-WW-324C-8.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Photo added 11/25/17.
BB-22 Minnesota 104k Damage to the Minnesota's (BB-22) starboard bow from the 29 September 1918 explosion of a mine laid by the German submarine U-117. Photographed in drydock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 1 October 1918. Note hull plating pushed into internal framing and many split seams with open rivet holes. The side armor at the top of the view does not appear to have been much distorted, if at all, by the explosion. Photo USNHC # NH 46027. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-22 Minnesota 255k Minnesota (BB-22) in drydock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, showing mine damage to bow, 1 October 1918. She had struck a mine three days previous. Source: United States Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 46026 via Mike Green.
BB-22 Minnesota 89k Ship's officers and crewmen, posed on the forecastle and superstructure, 1 November 1918. Minnesota (BB-22) was then at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, receiving repairs to mine damage suffered a month earlier. USNHC # NH 82118.
BB-22 Minnesota 53k Part of the "Rainbow Division" (42nd Division, U.S. Army) on board the Minnesota (BB-22) during their homeward bound voyage from France to New York, 1919. USNHC # NH 104960. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
BB-22 Minnesota 125k At the Philadelphia Navy Yard, circa 1919. Note that all of her 7-inch broadside guns have been removed. USNHC # NH 61215.
BB-22 Minnesota 95k In the Panama Canal, circa 1920. USNHC # NH 73817.
BB-22 Minnesota 128k Captain Powers Symington was the last Commanding Officer of the battleship Minnesota (BB-22) when she was decommissioned on 1 December 1921. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-22 Minnesota 290k Minnesota (BB-22) being scrapped at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 1 July 1924. She has been cut down to the waterline level. Note crowns of her triple expansion engines and her side armor Source: United States Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 46028 via Mike Green.
BB-22 Minnesota 266k Minnesota (BB-22) being scrapped at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 26 July 1924. She has been cut down below the waterline, and boilers are being removed. Source: United States Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 46029 via Mike Green.
(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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