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BB-24 USS IDAHO


Mississippi Class Battleship: Displacement 13,000 Tons, Dimensions, 382' 4" (oa) x 77' x 27' (Max). Armament 4 x 12"/45 8 x 8"/45, 8 x 7"/45 12 x 3"/50, 2 21" tt. Armor, 9" Belt, 12" Turrets, 3" Decks, 9" Conning Tower. Machinery, 10,000 HP; 2 vertical, triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 17 Knots, Crew 744.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Cramp, Shipbuilding, Philadelphia, PA., May 12, 1904. Launched December 9, 1905. Commissioned April 1, 1908. Decommissioned July 30, 1914. Stricken July 30, 1914.
Fate: Sold to Greece, July 30, 1914 & renamed Lemmos. Sunk by German bombers while moored in Salamis near Athens on April 10, 1941.

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Idaho 2.21k BATTLESHIP OF LATEST DESIGN
Description of the Idaho (BB-24) to Be Built by the Cramps
PLANS ARE TURNED OVER VESSEL
WILL BE COMPLETED IN 1907
Image provided by: University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Salt Lake Herald.(Salt Lake City [Utah) 1870-1909, 11 March 1904, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-23 Mississippi 572k Either the Mississippi (BB-23) or the Idaho (BB-24) under construction at the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1905 prior to launching. Photo # 4a12644v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
BB-23 Mississippi 903k Either the Mississippi (BB-23) or the Idaho (BB-24) under construction at the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1905 prior to launching. Photo # 4a17683v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
Idaho 3.57k Uncle Sam's New Engines of War.
Battleships Idaho (BB-24) & Mississippi (BB-23) now building. Most formidable of their size in the world.
Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Saint Paul Globe. (St. Paul, Minn.) 1896-1905, 05, March 1905, Image 10, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Idaho 2.45k The United States battleship Idaho (BB-24) was launched yesterday, 9 December 1905. Image provided by: University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Salt Lake Herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah) 1870-1909, 10 December 1905, Last Edition, Section Two, Image 13 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Idaho 1.74k GOV GOODING BACK FROM EAST
Tells of the Launching of the Gem of the Navy, the Big Battleship Idaho (BB-24) at Philadelphia, Chief Executive and Family Sat in George Washington Pew While Attending Divine Services in Old Christ Church
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from Deseret Evening News. (Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 30 December 1905, Last Edition, Part Two, Image 19, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-24 Idaho 77k Idaho (BB-24) shown fitting out 6 months after launch, two years before commissioning. She has yet to recieve her main battery and armor plate so the teak wood backing can be seen. Also, without the weight the underwater torpedo tube is visible. USN photo courtesy of D. N. Dunham.
BB-24 Idaho 59k Inboard profile of Idaho (BB-24). Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-24 Idaho 114k Idaho (BB-24) fitting out at the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1906. Photograph # 19-N-4-1-13, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB 23 Mississippi & Idaho 82k Idaho (BB-24) and Mississippi (BB-23) fitting out at the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa late 1907 or early 1908. Mississippi, commissioned in February 1908, is presumably the more complete ship, in the center of the photograph. USNHC # NH 86366, courtesy of Ted Stone, 1977.
BB-24 Idaho 337k Mississippi (BB-23) & Idaho (BB-24) at the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 12 September 1908.Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-24 Idaho 88k Photo was taken in 1909, before the Idaho (BB-24) was refitted with a cage foremast. Note the stack bands -- At that time Mississippi (BB-23) had one fewer on her after stack.
In USN Flag practice, note that the ship has the National Ensign at the stern and the Jack at the bow, thus indicating that she is not underway, but is at anchor or moored (reinforced by the embarkation ladder rigged aft and the boat alongside amidships). If she had been underway, the National Ensign would have been flying from the mainmast, and the Jack would have been stowed away.
Photograph # 19-N-14908, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Text i.d. courtesy of Chuck Haberlein, (USNHC), James Kuhel R.N. & Chris Hoehn.
BB-24 Idaho 102k Photographed on 14 September 1908, refitted with a "cage" mainmast but still wearing "white & buff" paint. USNHC # NH 60504.
Idaho 3.68k New fighting mast soon to be tested. Image provided by: Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Tacoma Times, 11 January 1909, Last Edition, Page 7, Image 8 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-24 Idaho 63k Photographed on 25 July 1909 as she appeared after the removal of her after bridge and installation of a cage mainmast. Her battery is unaltered, but the pair of 3-inch 50-caliber guns formerly mounted beneath the discarded bridge are now in the open, covered with canvas. Photograph # 19-N-4-1-20, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-24 Idaho 87k Idaho (BB-24) in the Hudson River off Fort Lee, New York, 1909. USNHC # NH 74260.
 Hudson-Fulton Celebration 93k Battleships anchored in the Hudson River, off 145th Street, New York City, during the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, 25 September - 9 October 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.
Idaho 3.59k Warships Held Ready to Capture Zelaya; His Agents in Washington.
Rush orders have been issued here for the powerful battleships Michigan (BB-27) and Idaho (BB-24), which are now at Philadelphia, to be prepared to sail at a moment's notice with full complements of men and extra stores.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo from Los Angeles Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1900-1911, 12 December 1909, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Idaho 1.98k COMMANDER OF FORCES AGAINST NICARAGUA: MARINE OFFICER AND CRACK BLUEJACKETS FROM IDAHO (BB-24)
This photo also appears here, with the inscription that the Kearsarge (BB-5) or Kentucky (BB-6) in the background.
Image and text provided by University of Florida.
Photo from The Daytona Daily News.(Daytona, Fla.) 1903-1926, 17 December 1909, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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.
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-24 Idaho 135k Captain James Meredith Helm was the commanding officer of the battleship Idaho (BB-24) in 1910. Photo from the archives of the Naval Historical Foundation via Bill Gonyo.
Idaho 1.97k THE BATTLESHIP IDAHO (BB-24) WILL ATTEMPT TO MAKE TRIP UP MISSISSIPPI TO ST. LOUIS
Inset photo of Captain H. O. Dunn.
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Photo from Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]) 1881-1916, 09 March 1911, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 12/21/13.
Idaho 731k Idaho (BB-24), possibly lying in the Delaware River in Philadelphia.
She sailed from Philadelphia 4 May 1911 for a cruise up the Mississippi River to Louisiana ports.
Partial text from DANFS.
US National Archives photo # 80G-1035085 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert, Webmaster & Editor ModelWarships.com
Idaho 759k First Battleship to Ascend Mississippi River Creates Sensation Along Banks
Vicksburg, Miss, 29 May: The battleship Idaho (BB-24), the first of her class ever to ascend the Mississippi river thus far, was the biggest sight at Vicksburg until Monday, May 22, when she went down the river to the gulf and into her own element again.
Captain H.O. Dunn commands the Idaho, and Captain Augustus Hiner, jr., who is a third cousin to President Roosevelt is her pilot. Captain Hiner is a veteran river pilot. The Idaho created a distinct sensation as she puffed up the river. 'Natives along the banks in Louisiana and Mississippi who never had seen a battleship came for many miles to get a glimpse of the big sea fighter. Citizens in automobiles, carriages, buggies and farm wagons, man on bicycles and liorses and mules, hundreds on foot, men, women and children came to the river banks on each side to see the big war vessel.
Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo from El Paso Herald. (El Paso, Tex.) 1901-1931, 29 May 1911, Image 11, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-24 Idaho 265k Idaho (BB-24) on 22 June 1911 with the Baton Rouge waterfront. Photo # 6a33044 by J. G. Ewing, courtesy of memory.loc.gov. without the in-crease.
BB-24 Idaho 99k Idaho (BB-24) all dressed up with flags flying from her mainmast during Naval Review week in New York City, 4th October 1912. USN photo courtesy of D. N. Dunham.
BB-24 Idaho 70k Idaho (BB-24) underway, 1912. Photographed by O.W. Waterman, Hampton, Virginia. USNHC # NH 71046.
Idaho 567k Secretary of Navy Daniels Presents Prized Pennant to Battleship Idaho (BB-24) Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from The Hawaiian Gazette. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918, 19 August 1913, Image 3, 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.
Idaho 856k LITTLE OBJECTION TO SALE FOR BIG PRICE OF TWO OBSOLETE BATTLESHIPS.
Forward deck of Mississippi (BB-23).
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Ogden Standard. (Ogden City, Utah) 1913-1920, 20 June 1914, 4 P.M. City Edition, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Idaho 837k WILSON APPROVES SALE T0 GREECE OF TWO BATTLESHIPS
GREEKS ASSURED HIM NO WAR IS CONTEMPLATED
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times.(Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 22 June 1914, HOME EDITION, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-23 Mississippi 1.00k GREECE PAYS FOR TWO U.S. BATTLESHIPS
Secretary Daniels Receiving $12,535,275 check for the Idaho (BB-24) and the Mississippi (BB-23).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 10 July 1914, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-23 Mississippi 805k Navy yard at night, showing the Missouri (BB-11) and the Idaho (BB-24) at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of ebay.
Lemnos
BB-24 Idaho 54k Lemnos dressed with flags at Smyrna, Turkey, in 1919, possibly on 15 September. She is flying the Greek flag at the foremast peak and the Italian flag at the mainmast peak. Photographed by Wayne. Lemnos, was the former Idaho (BB-24). USNHC # NH 46707.
BB-23 Mississippi 57k Greek battleship, either Kilkis or Lemnos. Photographed in a U.S. port. Kilkis was the former Mississippi (BB-23). Lemnos was originally Idaho (BB-24). USNHC # NH 77442.
BB-24 Idaho 54k At Constantinople, Turkey, probably in 1919. The Greek torpedo boat Dafni (completed 1913)is alongside. Lemnos, was the former Idaho (BB-24). USNHC # NH 46708.
BB-24 Idaho 40k Lemnos firing a salute to U.S. Navy Admiral Mark L. Bristol, at Smyrna, Turkey, 15 September 1919. Lemnos, is flying the U.S. and Greek flags at the foremast peak and the Italian flag at the mainmast peak. A British D-class light cruiser is in the right distance, also with the Italian flag at the mainmast peak. USNHC # NH 46706.
BB-24 Idaho 240k Lemnos with lots of flags flying from her mainmasts. Photo courtesy of hellenicnavy.gr.
BB-24 Idaho 273k A seaplane makes its appearance over the Lemnos. Photo courtesy of hellenicnavy.gr.
BB-24 Idaho 268k Surrounded by a mountainous anchorage, the Lemnos gets up steam and is shrouded in smoke at her lower levels. Photo courtesy of hellenicnavy.gr.
BB-23 Mississippi 74k Greek battleships Kilkis and Lemnos. Sunk in the basin of the Greek naval base at Salamis after they were hit by German air attacks on 23 April 1941. Seen from the harbor pier following the arrival of the German army. Kilkis, the former Mississippi (BB-23), is in the foreground. Lemnos, ex-Idaho (BB-24), is in the distance, with her guns removed. USNHC photo # NH 77470 / German Army.
(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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