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BB-28 USS DELAWARE
1907 - 1912


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1913 - 1918
1919 - 1924


Delaware Class Battleship: Displacement 20,000 Tons, Dimensions, 518' 9" (oa) x 85' 3" x 28' 10" (Max). Armament 10 x 12"/45 14 x 5"/50, 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 11" Belt, 12" Turrets, 3" Decks, 11 1/2" Conning Tower. Machinery, 25,000 SHP; vertical, triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 933.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA., November 11, 1907. Launched February 6, 1909. Commissioned April 4, 1910. Decommissioned November 10, 1923. Stricken November 10, 1923.
Fate: Broken up for scrap at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard during 1924.
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BB-16 New Jersey 2.15k BONAPARTE IS DELUGED By ADVICE ON WARSHIP
Tips on Place of Building and Names for Rival of Dreadnought Coming Freely
.... Today Senator Allee and Representative Burton of Delaware called upon Mr Bonaparte and urged that the ship be named in honor of their State. The national legislators from Delaware cited to the Secretary the fact that their State is the only one of the older States of the Union that has not been given the distinction of a battleship.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 29 March 1906, Last Edition, Image 8, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 3.52k THE NEW CONSTITUTION.
This Will be the Most Powerful Battleship Afloat
More Destructive and Terrible than the new Floating Giant, the English "Dreadnaught" — Old "Constitution to be Saved.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from Amador Ledger. (Jackson, Amador County, Calif.) 1875-19??, 04 May 1906, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 3.39k GREATEST FIGHTING SHIP EVER PLANNED - UNCLE SAM'S NEW "CONSTITUTION"Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 16 September 1906, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware2.61kBATTLESHIPS ARE ALWAYS CHEAPER THAN WAR
1908, THE DELAWARE (BB-28), LARGEST BATTLESHIP, 1898, THE IOWA (BB-4) LARGEST BATTLESHIP
Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Appeal. (Saint Paul, Minn.) 1889-19??, 21 March 1908, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 816k AMERICAN DREADNOUGHTS TO RIVAL BRITISH PRETOTYPE
A race is in progress for the completion of the first of the 20,000 ton Dreadnoughts of the American unvy, the battleships Delaware (BB-28) and North Dakota (BB-29). The Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock company is building the Delaware, and the Fore River company of Quincy Mass., has the contract for the other vessel. These ships will be far more powerful than any others in the navy and will rival their monster prototype, which is the boast of the British navy.
Image and text provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ.
Photo from Daily Arizona Silver Belt. (Globe, Gila County, Ariz.) 1906-1929, 01 May 1908, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 3.32k New Battleships of the Dreadnought Type;
Does the Peace of the World Depend Upon Them?

The Delaware (BB-28) is shown under construction at Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA.
The North Dakota (BB-29) is shown as she will appear when completed.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from Deseret Evening News. (Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 24 October 1908, Last Edition, Part Two, Image 15, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 3.38k First American Dreadnaught, the Delaware (BB-28) Launched Yesterday, and Photo of Sponsor
Miss Anne P. Cahall of Bridgeville informed Governor Lea that she will accept the appointment as sponsor for the battleship Delaware which is to be launched at Newport News about February 1.
Governor Lea asked Miss Cahall to christen the new Americana dreadnaught as a courtesy to his successor Governor elect Simeon S. Pennewill, who will become chief executive of the State before the battleship is launched.
Miss Cahall is a niece of the governor elect and of Judge James Pennewill of this city. Her father Dr. Lawrence M. Cahall is a prominent physician at Bridgeville.
With the announcement of the early launching of the battleship bearing the State's name, the Womens Christian Temperance Union of Delaware has renewed its fight to have the giant 28000 ton vessel christened with water.
Images and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC & University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 01 January 1909, Last Edition, Image 14 & Los Angeles Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1900-1911, 07 February 1909, Image 2 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 1.37k BATTLESHIP DELAWARE (BB-28) LAUNCHED AMIDST SCENES OF SPLENDOR.
Thousands shout their enthusiasm.
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from The Times Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1903-1914, 07 February 1909, Image 3 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 3.38k Greatest battleship in world is launched at Newport News.Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside; Riverside, CA.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 07 February 1909, Image 19 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 3.68k World's Biggest Naval Splash!
First photograph of the launching of the Delaware (BB-28) at Newport News VA.
When on February 6 the hull of the American battleship Delaware slid rasping down the ways at Newport News, Va., and pushed stern foremost into the briny, the world's greatest naval splash resulted. The Delaware is the very largest battleship ever launched. When Great Britain launched her Dreadnaught less than two years ago, the last word in magnitude of battleships was thought to have been uttered. The "Dreadnaught fever" then seized the other powers. Germany, France, Japan and the United States all accepted it as a challenge.
With the least ado over the matter, the United States has now come forward with a vessel that will be 2100 tons heavier than the Dreadnaught, and nearly that much heavier than any other warship building or projected abroad. Tho Delaware will have 20,000 tons displacement when completed. This great splash may be only the beginning; after all. Such naval enthusiasts as Richmond Pearson Hobson predicton—nay, demand — battleship's of 30,000 tons!
Image provided by: Washington State Library; Olympia, WA. & University of California, Riverside; Riverside, CA.
Photo from The Tacoma Times. (Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 16 February 1909, Image 3, Image 18 & The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 22 September 1907, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 3.62k Uncle Sam's First Two Dreadnoughts Which Soon Will Be Placed in Commission in East
UNCLE SAM'S first two Dreadnoughts, the battleships North Dakota (BB-29) and Delaware (BB-28), are practically completed and soon will be in commission. The Delaware is now having her powerful guns installed at Newport News and the North Dakota is getting: ready for her trial at Quincy, Mass. These two leviathans differ from the other battleships of our navy in many respects aside from their tremendous size. The most striking difference is noted in the long, rakish hulls, the absence of the high superstructures so predominant in the older ships and the five immense turrets which protect the ten twelve-inch rifles that each of the ships will carry.
It is estimated that either the Delaware or the North Dakota with their high speed will be more than a match for any other three ships now in the navy. The North Dakota is to have her speed trials November 2, and if she comes up to expectations she will be a vessel to be feared by anything that floats the seas. These great fighting machines each cost $10,000,000.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside; Riverside, CA.
Photo from Los Angeles Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1900-1911, 15 October 1909, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 2.80k THE DELAWARE (BB-28), THE FIRST AMERICAN DREADNOUGHT.
Which exceeded the contract speed of 21 knots on the standardization runs yesterday over the Rockland (Me.) course making 21.98 knots and breaking the speed record for American battleships.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 24 October 1909, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 2.88k THE BATTLESHIP DELAWARE (BB-28) ON HER TRIAL TRIP
DELAWARE AT HOME!

Enters Virginia Capes with Brooms at Masthead.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by Paul Thompson from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 27 October 1909, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware1.10kTwelve-mile range over which our new dreadnought could scatter death and destruction.Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 31 October 1909, Image 17, via flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress.
BB-28 Delaware 4.69k How Those Queer New Masts Look Close Up. 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-28 Delaware 497k GIANT BATTLESHIP DELAWARE (BB-28), MOST POWERFUL OF ALL MODERN FIGHTING CRAFT AFLOAT, READY TO JOIN NAVY
Comparison Shows That Latest Product of Newport News Plant is Finer Ship Than Her Sister, the Fore River-Built North Dakota (BB-29).
HAS GREATER STEAMING RADIUS; BURNS LESS COAL
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from Daily Press. (Newport News, Va.) 1896-current, 12 December 1909, Image 22, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota 79k Installing a 12"/45 gun in a battleship gun turret. This is probably Turret # 3 of either Delaware (BB-28) or North Dakota (BB-29). The view may have been taken while the ship was under construction, circa 1909-1910. The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock. A handwritten inscription penciled on its reverse ("Franklin") has no obvious bearing on the subject of the photo. USNHC photo # NH 105785, Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.
BB-28 Delaware562kThe Delaware (BB-28) probably fitting out at Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA., sometime after launching 6 February 1909 and before commissioning 4 April 1910.
Note the lack of a commissioning flag at her bow.
Photo # LC-B2-923-12 courtesy of memory.loc.gov. via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C & commons.wikimedia.org.
BB-28 Delaware91kRunning trials, circa late 1909.USNHC # NH 61870.
BB-28 Delaware145kStarboard and mast view of the Delaware (BB-28) as completed, a line drawing by A.L. Raven. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-18 LOC 613k Oregon (BB-3) Versus Delaware (BB-28).
What Would Happen if Old and Modern Met?
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1885-1921, 17 April 1910, Sunday Edition, Feature Section, Image 13, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 07/25/14.
BB-28 Delaware 3.55k Delaware (BB-28) First American Warship to Use Fuel Oil
Battleship Delaware taking on 204 tons of fuel oil from a barge at Norfolk, Va. on 27 May. The Delaware is the first battleship in the United States navy to use oil for fuel purposes.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 17 June 1910, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-17 Rhode Island3.20kBATTLESHIPS OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC FLEET COMING UP THE RIVER.
THE RHODE ISLAND (BB-17) UNDER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE.
THE DREADNOUGHT DELAWARE (BB-28) BIGGEST SHIP IN OUR NAVY
THE CONNECTICUT (BB-18) BETWEEN THE BATTERY AND THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 28 September 1910, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota 1.60k Delaware (BB-28) in DD # 4 Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1910.
The Mast Funnel arrangement (mast, funnel, mast, funnel) is unique to the Delaware class and the three stripes on the aft funnel marks her as BB-28 prior to WWI.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
Photo courtesy of shorpy.com
BB-28 Delaware 1.07k SCOUTING SHIPS TO TRY TO LOCATE THE ENEMYS BATTLESHIPS APPROACHING CUBA FROM ENGLANDImage and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Evening Standard. (Ogden City, Utah) 1910-1913, 30 December 1910, Image 8, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Holland 830k Holland (SS-01) high and dry at Norfolk Navy Yard, circa late 1910 through June 1913.
She was decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 21 November 1910, at Norfolk, VA; Final Disposition, sold, 18 June, 1913, to Henry A. Hintner & Sons, Philadelphia, PA.
The battleship in the background is the Virginia class Georgia (BB-15).(Based on her mainmast's square top). The battleship on the right is the Delaware (BB-28).
Photo from the private collection of Ric Hedman.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Chuck Haberlein, Ric Hedman & Chris Hoehn.
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.
John Hood177kCaptain John Hood was the Commanding Officer of the battleship Delaware (BB-28) in 1911-1912. Under his command the Delaware won the battle efficiency pennant during this period. Photo #15824v courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-28 Delaware 1.06k EIGHT MEN KILLED ON BATTLESHIP WHILE AT SEA
Wireless From the Delaware (BB-28) Tells of Fatal Scalding of Crew Members.
DUE TO EXPLOSION.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation & Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 17 January 1911, Final Edition, Image 1 & New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 18 January 1911, Image 1 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 2.33k The Battleship Delaware (BB-28) and Her Great Cruise Image and text provided by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA.
Photo from The Caldwell Watchman. (Columbia, La.) 1885-1946, 03 February 1911, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 1.99k Famous Battleship Delaware (BB-28), Which Will Represent the United States at Coronation and Scenes Aboard Her
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Photo by Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]) 1881-1916, 20 June 1911, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 673k Greatest Sea Fighter In the World
The above photograph shows the Delaware (BB-28), the greatest sea fighter afloat, leaving New York harbor, on her journey across the ocean to take part in the naval pageant at King George's coronation.
After visiting Wilmington, Del., from 3 to 9 October 1910, to receive a gift of a silver service from the state, Delaware sailed from Hampton Roads 1 November with the First Division, Atlantic Fleet, to visit Weymouth, England, and Cherbourg, France, and after battle practice at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, returned to Norfolk 18 January 1911. She departed 31 January to carry the remains of Chilean Minister Cruz to Valparaiso, sailing by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Punta Arenas, Chile. Returning to New York 5 May, she sailed 4 June for Portsmouth, England, where from 19 to 28 June she took part in the fleet review accompanying the coronation of King George V.
Image and text provided by University of Oregon, Knight Library; Eugene, OR., Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA, & DANFS.
Photo from Medford Mail Tribune. (Medford, Or.) 1909-1989, 20 June 1911, Image 1, & The Times Dispatch (Richmond, Va.) 1903-1914, 23 June 1911, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware85kPhotographed circa 1911. Note that the 12"/45 guns of her after turret are at different elevations.USNHC # NH 96126.
BB-15 Georgia 2.53k Coast Awaits Warships - Pacific Fleet Assured
Four of the big battleships that probably will be seen in the Pacific before the close of the year.
Georgia (BB-15), Louisiana (BB-19), Delaware (BB-28) & North Dakota (BB-29) will probably comprise one squadron of the battleship fleet which the navy department will order to the Pacific coast during the coming summer or fall.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 09 April 1911, Image 17, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
TRAINING 4.2.57k TRAINING THE MODERN DREADNOUGHT TO FIGHT
[A]LONE in His Study, the Naval Officer Wages Battles in His Mind with Foreign Sea Monsters, to Help Solve Such Problems as Gunnery and Military Masts Present
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 31 December 1911, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota 202k 1st Div American Fleet in Portland Harbor: Identifiable ships include the two Delaware class (BB-28 / 29) battleships, Delaware (BB-28) & North Dakota (BB-29), with a Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) battleship to the left. Digital ID ggbain # 15953. LC-B2-2903-13. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-28 Delaware490kIn 1912, Captain Hugh Rodman assumed command of Delaware (BB-28).Digital ID ggbain # 15953. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-28 Delaware708k Delaware (BB-28) and Presidential Yacht Mayflower on 14 October 1912. The ships are part of a Naval Review in the Hudson River in New York City.Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-B2-2331-14, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-28 Delaware102k Delaware (BB-28) during the Naval Review off New York City on 14 October 1912. Digital ID: # 2162984213_da72a17202_o. LC-B2-2332-13. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-28 Delaware2.3kA ship's gig sails past the Delaware (BB-28), probably during the Naval Review off New York City on 14 October 1912.Courtesy Associate Professor Neville T.Kirk, USNA., via USNIP, submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-28 Delaware101kA gig passes near the stern of the Delaware (BB-28) while in port with other battleships. Note the open secondary gun port. Digital ID: # ggbain-19078, LC-B2-3473-9. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Delaware 194k Delaware (BB-28) circa 1912. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
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.
BB-28 Delaware 1.05k THE BIG FLEET READY FOR TODAY'S REVIEW-THE SHIPS, FROM LEFT TO BIGHT, ARE:
NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29), DELAWARE (BB-28), MICHIGAN (BB-27), SOUTH CAROLINA (BB-26), LOUISIANA (BB-19), KANSAS (BB-21), VERMONT (BB-20) AND NEW HAMPSHIRE (BB-25).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 14 October 1912, Image 14, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.

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