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South Carolina Class Battleship: Displacement 16,000 Tons, Dimensions, 452' 9" (oa) x 80' 3" x 27' 1" (Max). Armament 8 x 12"/45 22 x 3"/50, 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 11" Belt, 12" Turrets, 3" Decks, 12" Conning Tower. Machinery, 16,500 IHP; 2 vertical, triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 18.5 Knots, Crew 869.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York, Shipbuilding, Camden, NJ., December 17, 1906. Launched May 26 1908. Commissioned January 4, 1910. Decommissioned February 11, 1922. Stricken November 10, 1923.
Fate: Broken up for scrap at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard during 1924.
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First picture ever made of these remarkable ships.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 13 January 1908, Image 3, via
BB-27 Michigan90k"In times of peace the launching of a battleship is a gala event, attended by elaborate ceremonies and witnessed by enthusiastic throngs proud of the privilege of seeing the "marriage of the sea" of another man-of-war destined to uphold the honor of America. In times of war, however, no such crowds as attended the Michigan's (BB-27) launching are admitted to the shipyards, for an enemy might, with a bomb undo the labor of years and destroy a formidable unit of our growing sea power."
The Michigan is pictured here on her launching day, 26 May 1908 at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, NJ.
Brown Brothers photo from the book "Flags Of The World", by McCandless and Grosvenor, published in 1917 by the National Geographic Society and submitted by John Chiquoine & Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 31 May 1908, Image 50, via
Hi-res photo by Paul Thompson from National Geographic, 1917 via Dan Wilmes.
Insert photo of Michigan's (BB-27) sponsor, Mrs. F, W. Brooks, daughter of Secretary of the Navy Truman Newberry.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 26 May 1908, Last Edition, Image 1, courtesy of
New York Shipbuilding Corporation 46k "New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, N.J." The ship in the covered wet slip has cage masts, after the fashion of Kansas (BB-21), New Hampshire (BB-25) and Michigan (BB-27), circa 1910nish. Courtesy of New York Shipbuilding.,
BB-26 South Carolina364k Port side view of a model of the South Carolina (BB-26) at US Navy's Modeling Basin in VA. Courtesy of Mike Ley.
BB-27 Michigan516k16,000 tons of a smoky Michigan (BB-27) accompanied by a destroyer bear down on photographer Enrique Muller, most likely during her trial runs off Cape Cod in June 1909.
The new battleship Michigan in her tests preparatory to acceptance by the government attained a speed of 20.01 knots an hour and averaged a fraction under 10 knots an hour on a four mile run. Considering her class and the fact that only 18 knots an hour is required of her, the time she made is regarded as phenomenal. The vessel ran ashore off Cape Cod while proceeding at a high ratio of speed, but suffered no apparent injury. She then went to Camden, N. J to be overhauled for her final test, a twenty-four hour run at top speed. It is believed that the Michigan will establish a new world's record for the "twenty-four hour run. She is fitted with two of the new skeleton masts recently adopted by the Navy.
Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photo from The Marion Daily Mirror.(Marion, Ohio) 1892-1912, 17 June 1909, Image 1, courtesy of
USN photo by Enrique Muller. NARA FILE #: 165-WW-334A-23. Photo # HD-SN-99-02142 from the the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
BB-27 Michigan439kMichigan (BB-27) at Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa on 16 November 1909. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, # LC-F82-1564A via Mike Green.
BB-27 Michigan321kUndated photo of sailors on the main deck of the Michigan (BB-27). Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, Photo # LC-B2-2008-4A [P&P] LOT 10778 via Mike Green.
Idaho 3592k 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
BB-26 South Carolina118kNavy Recruiting Poster, circa 1909. Poster featuring a sailor, a South Carolina class battleship, small craft and details on pay and benefits, published about 1909.USNHC # NH 65452-KN.
BB-27 Michigan66kNathaniel Reilly Usher, first Captain of the Michigan (BB-27) [04.01.1910}Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-27 Michigan74kMichigan (BB-27) underway, circa 1910.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 46274.
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-27 Michigan104kMichigan (BB-27) at anchor, boats out, circa 1910-15. Photo clearly shows the main armament layout of eight 12" rifles in four center line turrets. The Michigan and South Carolina's (BB-26) design preceded the Dreadnought's design but building delays on the two ships allowed the Dreadnought to be launched and commissioned first which diminished the South Carolina class's impact on the naval scene. The United States ships were of a superior design combining a powerful armament on a limited displacement.USN photo.
The Navy Department is elated over the sensational record in marksmanship made by the crew of the warship Michigan in the spring tests. According to the official records just made public, the battleship Michigan's men outclassed all the other bluejackets of the navy in target work with the big guns. The men in the picture are some of the sailors who helped to win the trophy for the Michigan. In honor of their victory that ship is now entitled to fly at her masthead a red pennant with a black ball in the center, and she will fly the bunting until another vessel does some shooting good enough to take the championship away from her. The navy department's figures give the Michigan 99.929 % of merit.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo courtesy of The Evening Standard.(Ogden City, Utah) 1910-1913, 03 June 1911, Image 3, via
Insert PDF Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Iowa.
Photo from Evening Times-Republican. (Marshalltown, Iowa) 1890-1923, 19 August 1911, Image 2, courtesy of
PDF added 09/15/14.
BB-27 Michigan585kAMERICAN FLEET BREAKS WORLD GUNNERY RECORDSImage and text provided by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Photo & text by The Beaver Herald. (Beaver, O.T. [Okla.]) 1895-1923, 08 June 1911, Image 2, courtesy of
BB-27 Michigan518kResults of War Game Held by Uncle Sam Will Be Kept Secret From Foreign Naval Experts.
The above picture shows the fore deck of the battleship Michigan (BB-27), one of the score of battleships which comprised the great fleet which participated in the war game of attacking and defending the Atlantic coast. The rival forces did splendid work, for which their commanders praised them in reports to Washington. While in the newspaper dispatches victory was claimed for both sides, whether the attacking battleships were theoretically sunk or the defending craft destroyed will never be made public, as the naval strategy board believes the information would be too valuable to foreign naval experts.
Photo copyright by American Press Association. 1911.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo & text by The Logan Republican. (Logan, Utah) 1902-1924, 08 August 1911, Image 1, courtesy of
BB-27 Michigan604kBluejackets, on a Man-of-war Must All Be Good Housekeepers
SAILORS on Uncle Sam's battleships do not find life one sweet dream. In addition to being ready to fight at any time, they must be good housekeepers and must keep their vessels clean and shipshape. The pictures above show scenes on the battleship Michigan (BB-27), where the blue jackets were scrubbing and holy-stoning the deck in preparation for an official visit. Few men like this sort of work, but it is one of the things that must be done, and, as a rule, the boys do it cheerfully and skillfully. Water is plentiful, and with steam pumps to draw it from the ocean it is used liberally.
Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photos by American Press Association.
Photo from The Democratic Banner. (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) 1898-192?, 18 August 1911, Image 1, PDF courtesy of
BB-27 Michigan90kFleet Review, New York, 1911.USN photo.
BB-27 Michigan84kFully dressed with flags and with her crew manning the rails, during the naval review off New York City, 3 October 1911.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # 19-N-61-6-25.
This idea is certainly an improvement of this one as far as raising spirits for the isolated sailor.
Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo & text by El Paso Herald.((El Paso, Tex.) 1901-1931, 13 November 1911, Image 11, courtesy of
BB-16 New Jersey2.02kThe Monitor, That Revolutionized Naval Warfare Fifty Years Ago, Was a Pygmy When Compared With Modern Battleship Image and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Photo by Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]) 1881-1916, 09 March 1912, Image 1, courtesy of
The Michigan (BB-27) firing broadside. 2. Same, nearer view. 3. Going to look at target. 4. Big gun at moment of firing. 5. Battleships in line. 6. Ready to lay mines. 7. Setting up target. 8.Utah (BB-31) firing broadsides. 9. Target in position.
Photos by Enrique Muller.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from The Hawaiian Star (Honolulu [Oahu]) 1893-1912, 31 May 1912, SECOND EDITION, SECOND SECTION, Image 9, via
BB-27 Michigan94kFiring a broadside with her 12"/45 main battery guns, 1912. Photographed by Enrique Muller. This image has been retouched to emphasize guns and masts.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 66299.
Defects have been found in her main battery, these new 12-inch guns are being placed aboard the Michigan (BB-27), which is undergoing repairs at Leauge Island under rush orders.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from Evening Bulletin. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii) 1895-1912, 14 March 1912, 3:30 EDITION, Image 7, PDF courtesy of
BB-27659kThe Michigan (BB-27) at Navy Yard NY on 20 September 1912. National Archives photo courtesy of William Clarke and
BB-27 Michigan103kIn New York Harbor, during the Naval Review, October 1912.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # 19-N-13573.
BB-27 Michigan203kPostcard photo by Enrique Muller Jr. of the Michigan (BB-27) underway in July 1913. Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
BB-27 Michigan65kStern view of Michigan (BB-27), possibly when riding at anchor with other ships when she was anchored off Tampico on the 15 July 1913 and remained alert off the Mexican coast until sailing for New York, 13 January 1914, reaching Brooklyn Navy Yard on the 20th. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-27 Michigan523kThe thunder of the U.S. battleship Michigan's (BB-27) broadside on the lens. The black smoke is the escaping gas which first follows the ignition of the powder. The big white puff is just ahead of the flame spurt from the muzzle. Taken during recent maneuvers in Narraganset Bay. Photo by Enrique Mueller Jr.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 29 August 1913, page 3, courtesy of
Watching the mobilising of U. S. fleet in the harbor of Vera Cruz, Mexico
American battleships for many weeks have lain in the harbor of Vera Cruz, Mexico, ready to protect American interests or to seize the city on a moment's notice should intervention on the part of the United States be necessary. Vera Cruz is Mexico's largest port city. The battleships New Jersey (BB-16), Michigan (BB-27), Virginia (BB-13), Louisiana (BB-19) and Rhode Island (BB-17) are now anchored there.
Photo by Underwood & Underwood.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo by The Ogden Standard. Ogden City, Utah) 1913-1920, 02 December 1913, 4 o'clock p.m. City Edition, Image 1.
Insert PDF Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Tacoma Times. (Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 12 December 1913, Image 7, courtesy of
Michigan (BB-27) In Center and French Battleship Conde In Right Foreground. At Extreme Left, a Merchant Sailing Is Shown At Anchor.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times.(Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 13 January 1914, LAST AND HOME EDITION, Image 2, courtesy of
Inspection of marines on board the United States battleship Michigan (BB-27) in the harbor of Vera Cruz, Mexico.
Image and text provided by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA.
Photo & text by The Madison Journal.(Tallulah, Madison Parish, La.) 1888-current, 14 February 1914, Image 3, courtesy of
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.
Photos of the battleships North Dakota (BB-29) & Michigan (BB-27) in action.
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from The Times Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1903-1914, 24 April 1914, Image 5, via
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 26 April 1914, Sunday Evening EDITION, Image 2, courtesy of
BB-27 Michigan599k Michigan (BB-27), Showing Ten-Inch Guns. Michigan has eight ten-inch guns in her main buttery. Image and text provided by University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR.
Photo from Daily Capital Journal. (Salem, Or.) 1903-1919, 27 April 1914, Image 5, courtesy of
BB-27 Michigan117kTaking on coal from a Navy collier, while off Vera Cruz, Mexico, in April-June 1914. Note ship's band atop Turret # 2, playing to encourage the crewmen at work moving coal.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 73774.
BB-27 Michigan115kMen of the Michigan (BB-27) Battalion on the outskirts of Vera Cruz, circa late April 1914. They are wearing dyed "Whites" and are armed with a Colt M1895 machine gun and M1903 rifles. Note the colorful bandannas worn by two of these men.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 100616.
BB-27 Michigan946kAs the battleship Michigan (BB-27) slowly steamed into the harbor of Vera Cruz the sailors looking over the side got their first view of the peaceful war as the dead bodies of marines were carried back to their ships. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 30 April 1914, Image 1, courtesy of
BB-27 Michigan708kLife on Greyhound on Way to Front Told by J. P. Annin
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 3 May 1914, Image 28,via
BB-27 Michigan679kU. S. MARINES ON BATTLESHIP MICHIGAN (BB-27) READY FOR WAR IN VERA CRUZ HARBOR Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photo & text by The Democratic Banner.(Mt. Vernon, Ohio) 1898-192?, 05 May 1914, Image 2, courtesy of
BB-27401kThe Michigan (BB-27) Flagship AP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-27 Michigan1.00kMarines Leaving Warships For the Wharf in Vera CruzImage and text provided by University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC.
Photo from The Anderson Daily Intelligencer. (Anderson, S.C.) 1914-1917, 13 May 1914, Image 2, courtesy of
BB-27 & BB 14450kBluejackets Aiming Guns From Battleship
This interesting picture was taken aboard the battleship Michigan (BB-27) off Vera Cruz. It shows the sailors lying flat on the deck with guns pointed at the city. They later took part in the conflict in the streets of the city and were used to restore order.
Bluejackets In Action Aboard Michigan.
Image and text provided by University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Photo from The Bee.( (Earlington, Ky.) 1889-19??, 15 May 1914, Image 6, courtesy of
BB-27 Michigan186kBattery from Michigan (BB-27) stationed at the Plaza of Alameda at Vera Cruz during the 1914 Mexican Revolution. Associated Press text & photo courtesy of San Francisco Examiner via David S. Smith.
BB-27 Michigan68kU.S. blue jackets with 3 inch field piece from Michigan (BB-27) guarding the Government building at Vera Cruz during the 1914 Mexican Revolution. Associated Press text & photo courtesy of San Francisco Examiner via David S. Smith.
BB-27 Michigan18kCaptain Who Was in Charge of the Battleship Michigan (BB-27)
Captain Albert P. Niblack was in charge of the Battleship Michigan when it grounded off Capes Henry coast on Thanksgiving day. He was feeling his way into the harbor between the Capes Henry & Charles, and as a thick fog had settled down he concluded not to try to make the entrance to Chesapeake. He anchored some ten miles out to sea. In the morning when the tide went out he found the stern of the vessel, supposed to be in thirty feet of water, was resting on the bottom.
Image and text provided by University of Oregon, Knight Library; Eugene, OR.
Photo from The Evening Herald.(Klamath Falls, Or.) 1906-1942, 12 December 1914, Image 1, courtesy of
The Michigan (BB-27) is stranded on the tail of the Horseshoe, near the lightship of Cape Henry, on the Virginia coast.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Herald.(Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 01 December 1914, Image 5.
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BB-27 Michigan95kPhotographed circa 1914.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 73772.

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