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BB-29 USS NORTH DAKOTA


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 Fore River, Shipbuilding, Quincy, MA., December 16 1907. Launched November 10 1908. Commissioned April 11 1910. Decommissioned November 22 1923. Demilitarized May 29 1924 and used as a target ship. Stricken January 7 1931.
Fate: Sold March 16 1931 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-29 ND 3.32k Greatest battleship started.
The keel of the North Dakota (BB-29) the first of the American battleships designed to be greater than the British Dreadnoughts, was today laid at the yards of the Fore River Shipbuilding Company at 10:10 a. m. on December Xmas.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 26 December 1907, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 ND 563k BIG BATTLESHIP WILL BREAK AMERICAN BUILDING RECORD
Keel laid 16 December. 17.50% Completed today.
BATTLESHIP NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29) AS IT WILL LOOK WHEN COMPLETED
Image and text provided by University of New Mexico.
Photo by Albuquerque Citizen. (Albuquerque, N.M.) 1907-1909, 16 March 1908, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 ND 878k THE ALL-BIG-GUN 20,000 TON BATTLESHIP NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29)
CROSS SECTION OF NORTH DAKOTA SHOWING PROTECTION AFFORDED BY HEAVY ARMOR AND COAL STORAGE.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The National Tribune. (Washington, D.C.) 1877-1917, 23 April 1908, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 06/22/15.
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-29 ND 1.80k UNCLE SAMS NEWEST BATTLESHIP
Big Fighting Craft Soon to Be Launched at Quincy Point
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 29 October 1908, Last Edition, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 ND 1.64k The North Dakota (BB-29) is to be launched next Tuesday at Quincy, Mass.
Picture shows the new military mssts of steel latticework and the latest efficent arrangement of the guns.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 08 November 1908, Image 52 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 ND 1.16k CHRISTENS BATTLESHIP
Charming Western girl, of Fargo, N.D.. who broke bottle of wine on great fighter named after her state.
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo by The Times Dispatch.(Richmond, Va.) 1903-1914, 11 November 1908, Image 5, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota 51k Launching of the North Dakota (BB-29) at the Fore River Shipbuilding Company shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, 10 November 1908. Note that the ship wears a bow decoration, a feature removed before her completion. Photograph # NH 93814, courtesy of the Submarine Force Library & Museum, Groton, Connecticut.
Insert image and text provided by Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Spokane Press. (Spokane, Wash.) 1902-1939, 13 November 1908, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 ND 3.53k LAUNCH OF NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29) UNCLE SAM'S GREATEST WARSHIP CHRISTENED.
Is Most Powerful Battleship of Dreadnought Type and Marks New Epoch in Construction of Naval Vessels.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo from Los Angeles Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.) 1900-1911, 11 November 1908, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 ND 6.04k BIGGER, SWIFTER, MORE DEADLY IS UNCLE SAM'S NEW DREADNAUGHT THAN ENGLAND'S
THE NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29) AS SHE LOOKED JUST BEFORE SHE GLIDED INTO THE WATER. MISS MARY BENTON, OF FARGO, N. D., WHO CHRISTENED HER
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Spokane Press. (Spokane, Wash.) 1902-1939, 13 November 1908, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 06/22/15.
BB-29 ND 1.90k ARE OUR LATEST BATTLESHIPS REALLY DREADNOUGHTS OR PRACTICALLY DERELICTS?
Authorized Board of Investigation Contradicts Charges of Naval Officers Regarding Value of the North Dakota (BB-29)
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.) 1902-1939, 22 November 1908, Magazine Section, Image 38, 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-29 North Dakota 2.73k UNITED STATES NAVY'S LATEST DREADNOUGHT
This picture shows the new Dreadnought of the American navy, the battleship North Dakota (BB-29), as she will appear when she goes into commission. She will be the first of our battleships to be equipped with the new military masts, which are shown in the picture.
Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Appeal. (Saint Paul, Minn. ;) 1889-19??, 20 March 1909, Image 1, via 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-29 ND 2.22k The North Dakota (BB-29), the largest battleship built for the United States Navy.
Second American Dreadnought to be finished and the most up to date warship in the world. A little shorter than the British Dreadnought but faster and more powerfully armed. Different in appearance from any other vessel of the American fleet.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo by The Sun. (New York [N.Y.) 1833-1916, 31 October 1909, Second Section, Image 19, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota 221k The Fore River flag flies forward fastened from the foretop following a North Dakota (BB-29) trial run. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via flickr.com.
BB-29 North Dakota 237k North Dakota (BB-29) leaving for the Fore River for her trial trip off Maine coast. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via flickr.com.
BB-29 North Dakota 288k North Dakota (BB-29) on trial run from Fore River. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via flickr.com.
BB-29 North Dakota 1.18k Running trials in 1909. Photographed by N.L. Stebbins, Boston. Note the five-inch gun mounted in a low sponson forward. This gun and sponson were soon removed.
Fore River flag flies from aft mast in this photo, insert photo from fore mast.
Text for insert i.d. via USNHC # NH 44729.
USN photo # 19-N-60-3-17, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-29 ND 2.5k NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29) LEADS WORLD
THE FASTEST DREADNOUGHT AFLOAT
Battleship, with Parsons Turbines, Develops 22.25 Knots and 35,150 Horsepower
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.) 1866-1924, 05 November 1909, Image 1 & 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov
BB-29 ND 1.96k OUT FOR RECORD DESPITE ACCIDENT
UNCLE SAM'S NEW DREADNOUGHT NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29)
BIG SEA FIGHTER CONTINUES TRIAL
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.) 1902-1939, 06 November 1909, Last Edition, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov
BB-29 ND 3.36k MISHAP MARS ENDURANCE RUN OF NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29).
Tube Bursts in Boiler Room While Huge Dreadnought Is at High Speed. Four Men injured and Battleship Races Back to port With the Sufferers. Vessel More Than Meets All the Requirements Called for by Contract.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.) 1895-1913, 06 November 1909, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov
BB-29 North Dakota 619k Novel view of the mighty bulk of Uncle Sam's latest and fastest battleship, North Dakota (BB-29), 1909. Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.) 1866-1924, 28 November 1909, Image 17 via flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress.
SS-14, 15, 16 & 17121k Bonita (SS-15);
Tarpon (SS-14);
Narwhal (SS-17); and
Snapper (SS-16);
(listed from left to right). Fitting out at the Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, during the summer or fall of 1909. North Dakota (BB-29) is in the right background, also fitting out.
Photograph # NH 99005, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-29 ND 692k U. S. BATTLESHIP NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29) EXCITES ENVY
Turkey Now Proposes to Expend $100,000,000 for a Navy.
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo by The Montgomery Tribune. (Montgomery City, Mo.) 1892-1910, 03 December 1909, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah 1.64k Terror of the seas slides from the ways.
I christen thee Utah (BB-31).

In a clear and musical voice spoke out Miss Mary Alice Spry as the worlds greatest death dealing monster slid from its ways and gracefully glided into its watery home. I christen thee Utah echoed the vast concourse of assembled guests and as the reverberations died away the workmen who for months had toiled to build the mighty vessel bowed their heads in awed silence and suddenly as would a victorious army their husky voices shouted back I christen thee Utah.
Scene at launching recently of the battleship North Dakota (BB-29), a terror of the deep built much along the lines of the Utah.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Salt Lake Herald-Republican. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1909-1918, 24 December 1909, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota 47k Lifting 70-ton turbine rotor aboard the North Dakota (BB-29), 1909. Photo Copyright MIT Museum.
BB-29 ND 1.20k THE NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29), ONE OF THE DREADNOUGHTS OF OUR NAVY, COMMISSIONED A FEW DAYS AGO
This vessel of 20,000 tons looks as the Florida (BB-30) will when completed. The 26.000 ton Arkansas (BB-33) and Wyoming (BB-32) will also be similar in appearance.
NEARLY EVERY GREAT POWER IN THE WORLD NOW HAS IN COMMISSION OR IS BUILDING ONE OR MORE OF THE DREADNOUGHT CLASS, WHICH COST ABOUT TEN MILLIONS APIECE.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.) 1866-1924, 24 April 1910, Image 20, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 ND 936k Defects in Warship Armor Develop
At top, two of Uncle Sam's largest and latest battleships, the North Dakota (BB-29) at top) and the Utah (BB-30) (at right). Scretary of Navy Georne Von L. Meyer
Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT.
Photo from The Daily Missoulian. (Missoula, Mont.) 1904-1961, 17 July 1910, Morning, Image 15, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 06/22/15.
BB-29 ND 4.36k Giant Battleship North Dakota (BB-29) Goes For "Shakedown" at Sea
For "shaking down" the rough places and a general "tuning up" the Dreadnought North Dakota is at sea and on 5 Sept. will join the other vessels of the Atlantic battleship fleet for the annual target practice. It was at one time announced that the giant fighting ship was a failure, and perhaps it is to finally settle this question that the navy department has decided to make the severe test of a "trial" at sea under the most trying circumstances.
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Wenatchee Daily World. (Wenatchee, Wash.) 1905-1971, 15 August 1910, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 06/22/15.
BB-29 ND 3.78k She Designs $10,000 Silver Service For Battleship North Dakota (BB-29). Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo by The Tacoma Times.(Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 18 August 1910, Image 8, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Silver Service photos courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-29 ND 685k BATTLESHIP NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29) IS AFIRE. Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo by El Paso Herald. (El Paso, Tex.) 1901-1931, 08 September 1910, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota 257k View on deck of the North Dakota (BB-29) looking forward from aft, showing smoke from an oil tank explosion. The image bears a date that appears to be 8 September 1910. Photographed by F.B. Jones. The original image is printed on postal card ("AZO") stock. Text courtesy of USNHC, photo # NH 103077, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.
Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
BB-29 North Dakota 59k Machinist Charles Church Roberts, USN had been awarded the Medal of Honor (whose ribbon he wears in this photograph) for "heroism in the line of his profession" during a fire on board North Dakota (BB-29) on 8 September 1910. He was a Machinist's Mate First Class at that time. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 105428-B. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007. Photo submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-29 ND 4.12k Big Battleship North Dakota (BB-29), Scene of Fierce Struggle Against Oil Flames.
3 KILLED, 7 HURT,ON U.S. WARSHIP
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside & Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from Los Angeles Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.) 1900-1911, 09 September 1910, Image 1, & New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.) 1866-1924, 09 September 1910, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 ND 2.21k THE BATTLESHIP NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29), HER COMMANDER, AND WASHINGTON MAN WHO WAS INJURED
Image and text provided by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Photo from Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 09 September 1910, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 06/22/15.
BB-29 ND 692k The battleship North Dakota (BB-29); Captain Albert Gleaves, her commander and map showing where an explosion of oil fuel on the vessel killed three and injured nine. Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photo by The Marion Daily Mirror. (Marion, Ohio) 1892-1912, 13 September 1910, Image 6, courtesy of 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-29 North Dakota 199k A canceled post card / photo of the North Dakota (BB-29) dated 19 September 1910. In her first years North Dakota operated with the Atlantic Fleet in maneuvers along the East Coast and in the Caribbean.
Note that her aft smokestack is painted with 3 rings.
USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
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-29 ND 672k THE FINEST DRYDOCK IN THE WORLD
Uncle Sam is building a new dry dock, which, when completed, will be the finest in the world. This dock is being built at the Norfolk navy yard, Norfolk, Va., and the above photograph was taken from the fighting top of the battleship North Dakota (BB-29). This dock will be 732 feet long, and will be able to accommodate two ships as large as the battleship North Dakota at the same time. It is expected that. the dry dock will cost upward of half a million.
Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo by El Paso Herald. (El Paso, Tex.) 1901-1931, 03 March 1911, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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.
109k Captain Charles Peshall Plunkett was the first Commanding Officer of the battleship North Dakota (BB-29) after she was commissioned on 11 April 1911. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-29 North Dakota 824k NAVAL HEROES RECEIVE MEDALS FROM TAFT
TAFT, as commander-In-chief of the navy, recently presented medals of honor to six members of the crew of the battleship North Dakota (BB-29) for heroic action that probably saved that vessel from complete destruction. On 8 September 1910, after an explosion of oil, these men rushed into the boiler room, brought out the dead bodies of three comrades and successfully fought the fire. In the photograph, from left to right, they are: August Holtz of St. Louis, chief water tender; Thomas Stanton of Rhode Island, chief machinist's mate; Harry Lipscombe of Washington, Patrick Reid of New York, Karl Westa of Massachusetts, and Charles C. Roberts of Newton, Mass.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times.(Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 13 June 1911, LAST EDITION, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio564kFire Perils Battleship Ohio (BB-12); Heroes Prevent Explosion.
Great Dreadnought North Dakota (BB-29) and Other Warships Endangered
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo & text by The Salt Lake Tribune. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1890-current, 29 June 1911, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota4.42kNaval Thunder and Lightning
The Big 12-inch Guns of the Battleship North Dakota (BB-29), Which is Taking Part in the Great Maneuver Now on at Cape Cod.
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo & text by The Seattle Star.(Seattle, Wash.) 1899-1947, 22 July 1911, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota 3.25k The North Dakota (BB-29) probably getting ready for Admiral Togo's visit at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on 15 August 1911. Note the ship's gig in the foreground labeled ND. Digital ID: # 2162985657_81e29c83e7_o. LC-B2-2333-6. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-29 North Dakota 188k Admiral Togo visits the North Dakota (BB-29) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on 15 August 1911. Digital ID: # ggbain 09527v, LC-B2-2249-13. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-29 North Dakota 158k Admiral Togo leaving the North Dakota (BB-29). Digital ID:# ggbain 09526v, LC-B2-2249-12. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-29 North Dakota 135k North Dakota (BB-29) at anchor in harbor, 1911. USNHC # NH 2895.
BB-29 ND 1.02k Great Fleet in New York Harbor Now Ready for Review
The North Dakota (BB-29) is pictured along with the Connecticut (BB-18).
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from The Times Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1903-1914, 31 October 1911, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 402k Jolly Tars Skating On Deck of Big War Vessel
United States sailors at play. The photograph shows sailors of the North Dakota (BB-29), one of the battleships, at anchor in the Hudson river New York, roller skating on deck of the fighting vessel. The North Dakota is one of the battleships of the immense gathering of war vessels now mobilized in the Hudson river.
Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo by El Paso Herald. (El Paso, Tex.) 1901-1931, 31 October 1911, Image 4, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Atlantic Fleet1.10kSailors from the battleships mob mixed in New York harbor for review by President Taft and Secretary of the Navy Meyer in a boat race. The crew from the Georgia (BB-15) is leading, the Virginia (BB-13) second and the Missouri (BB-11) third.
A launch from the North Dakota (BB-29) is in the foreground.
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo by The Mathews Journal. (Mathews C.H. [Court House) 1903-1937, 09 November 1911, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota849kNorth Dakota (BB-29) passing under the Brooklyn Bridge on the way to her review in the North River. AP Wire photoby Underwood X2 courtesy of Ron Reeves.
BB-29 North Dakota 426k Starboard view of the North Dakota (BB-29) underway at an unknown location sometime between 1911 and 1915. Library of Congress photo # LC-D4-22788 courtesy of the Detroit Publishing Co. via Mike Green.
BB-29 North Dakota 95k Underway in 1912. USNHC # NH 44734.
BB-29 North Dakota 95k Underway about 1912. USNHC # NH 61218.
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.
BB-29 North Dakota 260k Three crewmen atop fire control top on the North Dakota (BB-29), circa 1913. Photo by Enrique Muller, Jr.
Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-USZ62-7453 via Mike Green.
BB-29 North Dakota 50k Heavy seas coming over the Foc'sl, 8 December 1913. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 93k Group of officers and men posed on the boat deck of the North Dakota (BB-29), circa 1913-14. Among those present are: Captain Charles P. Plunkett, Commanding Officer (seated in center); Commander Orton P. Jackson; and Electrician's Mate 1st Class Mason Dunlap (seated at lower left). USNHC # NH 85195.
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.
OUR POWERFUL NORTH ATLANTIC FLEET
This is to considered be the most powerful battle fleet in the world. Recently it returned from the Mediterranean and left Hampton Roads for the south. During the last battle practice each of the vessels made a record for herself while the flagship Wyoming (BB-32) broke the world's record at target practice. The photograph shows the nine ships in the order in which they usually sail. The Wyoming is in the lead at the right, and is followed by the Florida (BB-30), Utah (BB-31), Delaware (BB-28), North Dakota (BB-29), South Carolina (BB-26), Rhode Island (BB-17), Georgia (BB-15),and New Jersey (BB-16).
The following battleships that were dispatched to Mexican waters included the:
Ohio (BB-12), Virginia (BB-13), Nebraska (BB-14), 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), Michigan (BB-27), 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.
Insert PDF image and text provided by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA.
Photo by The Madison Journal. (Tallulah, Madison Parish, La.) 1888-current, 07 February 1914, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota 68k North Dakota (BB-29) sailor poses in the breech of the left 12"/45 gun of Turret # 5, at the New York Navy Yard, 14 March 1914. The original photo is printed on postcard stock, inscribed on the reverse: "To Luther, from Phil". Note that this man wears the Seaman Gunner Mark, with "E" below his chevrons. USNHC # NH 100784 courtesy of Carter Rila, 1986.
BB-29 North Dakota 145k Sailors loading coal on board the battleship North Dakota (BB-29), 20 April 1914. Digital ID:# ggbain 3c37317v, LC-USZ62-137317. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-29 North Dakota 593k Coaling North Dakota (BB-29), 1910-15. Photo # LC-B2-3036-1 & text from George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress) via flickr.com.
BB-29 ND 782k AMERICAN BATTLESHIPS IN FIGHTING LINE
In This Photograph of Uncle Sam's Big Warships In Line of Battle with the Powerful Twelve-inch Guns of the Virginia (BB-13) in the Foreground. The Picture Was Taken Outside Hampton Roads During the Recent Target Practice.
Note: The battleship in the foreground is a Delaware class (BB-28 / 29).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 16 April 1914, LAST AND HOME EDITION, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 ND 770k BATTLESHIP NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29) SAILS FOR MEXICO.
FORCE IN GULF OF MEXICO AND ON WAY, 17,860 MEN.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 20 April 1914, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 1.72k NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29) SAILS FOR MEXICAN WATERS; THOUSANDS CHEER THE BIG DREADNOUGHT.Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 20 April 1914, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 ND 789k MEN WHO MAY BE USED IN LANDING FORCE IN MEXICAN PORTS.
A group of marines aboard the battleship North Dakota (BB-29).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times.(Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 21 April 1914, LAST AND HOME EDITION, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-12 Ohio507kVERACRUZ TAKEN AFTER BOMBARDMENT
PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE STURDY FIGHTERS OF THE ATLANTIC FLEET STEAMING OUT OF HAMPTON ROADS FOR MEXICAN WATERS
LEFT TO RIGHT: THE OHIO (BB-12), THE VERMONT (BB-20), THE CONNECTICUT (BB-18), THE NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29), THE DELAWARE (BB-28), THE FLORIDA (BB-30), THE UTAH (BB-31), AND THE ARKANSAS (BB-33).
Image and text provided by University of Oregon, Knight Library; Eugene,OR.
Photo from Medford Mail Tribune. (Medford, Or.) 1909-1989, 22 April 1914, SECOND EDITION, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 ND 314k Crew of the Battleship North Dakota (BB-29) Telling their Children "Goodbye" Before Sailing for Mexico to Engage in BattlePhoto Copyright by Hearst-Selig Company.
Image and text provided by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Photo from Tulsa Daily World. (Tulsa, Indian Territory [Okla.]) 1905-1919, 23 April 1914, MORNING EDITION, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 06/22/15.
Almost Unknown632kMAP OF NAVAL WAR ZONE SHOWING MEXICAN PORTS TO BE BLOCKADED
Marines of the North Dakota (BB-29).
Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH
Photo from The Democratic Banner. (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) 1898-192?, 24 April 1914, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware 1.32k SCENES IN CONNECTION WITH MEXICAN TROUBLE
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 chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota273kPostcard photo by Enrique Muller Jr. of the North Dakota (BB-29), circa post 1914. Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
BB-29 ND 295k Uncle Sam's Great Fighting Ships on Way.
View of One of the Finest War Crafts Shown Leaving New York Harbor for Vera Cruz, on a Mission to Make Peace With Huerta.
Battleship North Dakota (BB-29) Passing Under Brooklyn Bridge on Her Way to Mexican Waters.
Photo Copyright by Hearst-Selig Company.
Image and text provided by University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR.
Photo from The Gazette-Times. (Heppner, Or.) 1912-1925, 14 May 1914, HOME AND FARM MAGAZINE SECTION, Image 24, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 06/22/15.
BB-29 North Dakota 303k North Dakota (BB-29) as modified in 1915. Wet casemate gun has been moved up to the superstructure 01 level, and the searchlights have been relocated to her derrick tops, all of the lights in one group to a side. Light towers, next to the aft stack, have been eliminated. Library of Congress Reference number # LC-H261-5041 courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Atlantic Fleet250kOUTLINED 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-29 North Dakota823k"These Quiet Ships Lying in the Harbor Have no Suggestion of Bluster About Them." - President Wilson
The North Dakota (BB-29) is the first in line of battleships. On the left is the Dolphin, carrying the Secretary of the Navy. Ahead of her is the President's yacht, the Mayflower.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 18 May 1915, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota300kA powerful unit in the floating wall of steel which guards our coasts.
The North Dakota (BB-29) cleared for action and stripped down to the bare decks, with her ten 12-inch rifles swung around to starboard and ready to fire a broadside.
Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo by Enrique Muller Jr, from The Evening Public Ledger, (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 14 September 1915, Image 25, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota255kPostcard photo of what is probably the North Dakota (BB-29) cleared for action and stripped down to the bare decks, with her ten 12-inch rifles swung around to starboard and ready to fire a broadside. Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
BB-29 North Dakota 133k North Dakota (BB-29) firing a broadside with her twelve-inch guns, prior to World War I. Mast details have been retouched in this photograph. Photo is probably by Enrique Muller Jr. USNHC # NH 73765.
BB-29 North Dakota996kGERMAN RAIDING CRUISERS ENTER BERTHS UNTIL END OF WAR
The picture shows the Prinz Eitel resting in the back channel at League Island, interned under the guns of some of the heaviest units of the U.S. Fleet. The Kronprinz Wilhelm is now tied alongside of her, following her belated arrival from Norfolk.
The Delaware (BB-28) or North Dakota (BB-29) is moored alongside of her.
Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo by Enrique Muller Jr, from The Evening Public Ledger, (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 3 October 1916, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota300kCAMERA'S-EYE VIEW OF GREAT MASS OF FLOATING FORTRESSES BELONGING TO THE UNITED STATES NAVY AS SEEN FROM THE TOP OF A MAST ON THE BATTLESHIP NORTH DAKOTA(BB-29) AT LEAGUE ISLAND.
Among the forest of masts closest to the camera lies the Indiana (BB-1) or Massachusetts (BB-2).
Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from The Evening Public Ledger, (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 4 October 1916, Night Extra, Image 18, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Over There
BB-32/33405kThe strongest navy afloat.
Above - The Delaware (BB-28) and the Arkansas (BB-33) under the big 12-inch guns of the Florida (BB-30). Right: The signal bridge of the North Dakota (BB-29). Left, One of the searchlight towers on the New York (BB-34).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 30 December 1917, Image 47, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota 50k Part of the North Dakota (BB-29) crew on leave, June 1917. Included in the photo is the contributor's father, Philip J. Robare (2-27-1897 / 12-17-75) who served on board between 1917-19. Note: The following photographs were contributed by Philip H. Robare, RMCS, USN - RET.
Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 44k North Dakota (BB-29) bag inspection circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 49k North Dakota (BB-29) portside view, alongside unidentified Collier (AC), circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 19k North Dakota (BB-29), crew loading coal on deck, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 31k North Dakota (BB-29), crew loading coal on deck, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 50k North Dakota (BB-29), receiving coal at sea, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 47k North Dakota (BB-29), crew receiving coal from a Collier (AC), circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 40k Part of the crew of the North Dakota (BB-29), posed alongside one of the 12"/45 caliber main turrets, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 47k North Dakota (BB-29) receiving bags of coal, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 55k View of the bridge from the starboard side along side of Collier (AC), Note the decorative tampion in the nozzle of the one of the 12"/45 caliber main turrets, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 180k Bow view, port side of the North Dakota (BB-29) in Dry Dock, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 44k North Dakota (BB-29) riding an ocean swell, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 33k North Dakota (BB-29) immersed in an ocean trough, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 53k The U.S. Sixth Battle Squadron on North Sea Patrol. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 61k North Dakota (BB-29) stern view, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 49k North Dakota (BB-29) and fleet race from Guantanamo, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 57k North Dakota (BB-29) and fleet in formation, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 52k In profile, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 65k Forecastle, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 57k North Dakota (BB-29) passing through the Gatun Locks, Panama Canal Zone, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 39k Atlantic Fleet, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 49k North Dakota (BB-29) entering Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 43k North Dakota (BB-29) firing a broadside, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 36k North Dakota (BB-29) firing from two of her rear 12" turrets, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 43k In the Panama Canal, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 39k In the Panama Canal, passing through the Locks, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 67k In the Panama Canal, passing through the Locks, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 132k North Dakota (BB-29) crew on leave in Culebra, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 189k A South - West view of the North Dakota (BB-29) passing through the Pedro Miguel Locks of the Panama Canal, circa 1917-19. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-29 North Dakota 124k North Dakota (BB-29) marines, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 105k North Dakota (BB-29) marines taking aim, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 65k North Dakota (BB-29) marines at arms, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 65k Winning fleet regetta, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 50k Winning fleet regetta, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 45k North Dakota (BB-29) getting ready to fire, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 55k North Dakota (BB-29) and the Utah(BB-31) baseball teams, Guantanamo, Cuba, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 70k Officers and crew, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 38k North Dakota's (BB-29) Marine contingent on deck, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 76k North Dakota (BB-29) working party, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-30 & 3151k Florida (BB-30) and North Dakota (BB-29) at St. Kitts Island, circa 1917-19. Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET
BB-29 North Dakota 60k Tambo, blackface ala Al Jolson, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 43k Target sled for observing shots, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 41k North Dakota (BB-29) in the Cuebra Cut, Panama Canal Zone, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 45k North Dakota (BB-29) small boat alongside a seaplane, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 77k North Dakota (BB-29), crew cleaning mess tables, circa 1917-19. Courtesy of Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-29 North Dakota 66k North Dakota (BB-29) is shown at sea during post World War One gunnery practice. Note the searchlight control platform under the searchlights abaft her funnel and the 3-inch guns atop her derrick posts. The small raised range-range finder platform atop the conning tower was unique to this class. The large object on her stern is a battle practice target. A concentration dial is visible on her foremast, and the two supefiring turrets show deflection markings. The pattern of spray shows that the hull secondary weapons could be drenched even in relatively calm weather. Her thick black smoke was characteristic of coal burners. Note also the large armored range-finder (probably of 20-foot base) atop her No.3 turret and the much smaller one (probably of 5-foot base) atop No.4 with a spreader for radio antennas atop No.5. National Archives / USN photo. Text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-29 North Dakota1.30kNorth Dakota (BB-29) at anchor, probably in Virginia.US National Archives photo # 80G-1035060 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
New York Harbor46k"American dreadnoughts & super-dreadnoughts steaming into New York harbor 14 April 1919."
The Texas (BB-35) leads the procession with a airplane on her turret catapult. Note the escorting biplane.
The "escorting" aircraft is either a Curtiss HS-1 or HS-2 (note the single engine) can't tell which from the photo. The aircraft on a fly-off platform atop the No. 2 turret of the Texas is 1 of 6 Sopwith Camels purchased from Britain at the end of the war.
The platforms were a British concept designed to provide the fleet with an aircraft capable of reaching the high flying Zeppelins which the German Navy occasionally used as scouts. The Texas was the only US Battleship to be fitted with turret fly-off platforms while in Europe and was the test bed for this program in the US Navy. Not visible in this view is a stripped down (No fabric and no wings) Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter lashed atop the No. 3 Turret. The platforms were eventually mounted on all 14" gun BB's through the New Mexico (BB-40 / 42) class (with mixed reviews from their commanders) and carried either a Hanriot HD-1 or a Neiuport 28. Though equipped inflatable floats for water landings, this tended to do a lot of damage not the least of which was dowsing a hot engine in cold salt water. By 1920 a successful compressed air catapult was developed and were being mounted on the aft deck of all 4 turreted battleships and fly-off platforms were removed. The Texas and New York (BB-34), because of their 5 Turrets, lacked the deck space for the catapult and had to make do with a float plane (Vought VE-7) sitting on the aft deck which would be launched by lowering it over the side for a surface take-off.
If you look carefully at the 12th photo from the bottom on the New York 1919 - 1926 page, you see the VE-7 on the deck and the A-frame hoist used for handling it.
Photo by Paul Thompson; text courtesy of N.Y. Times 31 December 1919, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Text i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
BB-29 North Dakota1.00kTHE NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29) AT ANCHOR IN THE HUDSON. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
PDF courtesy of New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 16 April 1919, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Atlantic  Fleet975kHow the Atlantic Fleet looked to the camera man in a seaplane flying over lower Manhattan a week ago yesterday morning as the mighty armada came up the bay to anchorage in the Hudson off Riverside Drive for a two weeks' vacation after months of strenuous maneuvers in Southern waters. The destroyers Dale (DD-290) and Flusser (DD-289) are shown leading the column of eight dreadnoughts: Oklahoma (BB-37), Nevada (BB-36), Arizona (BB-39), flagship Pennsylvania (BB-38), Utah (BB-31), Florida (BB-30), North Dakota (BB-29) and Delaware (BB-28) past the Statue of Liberty at a fifteen-knot clip. In addition to the big battleships, the fleet includes thirty-two destroyers, numerous supply ships and several submarines.
The Atlantic battleship fleet is home: again. Here are the twelve great first line fighting ships that are paying Father Knickerbocker a two weeks' visit. Over a hundred of Uncle Sam's grim sea warriors gray the North River, while their 30,000 sailor-men are given the freedom of the city in a royal welcome home.
The Battleship Mississippi (BB-41) leading the fleet into the harbor, as photographed from an airplane. Note the airplanes atop the forward and aft turrets.
Image provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 20 April 1919, Image 48. courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 ND 531k Mascot Worries Are Over As Gobs Get Gift of MonkeyImage and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo by The Evening World.(New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 01 May 1919, Final Edition, Image 18, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota1.43k Navy Lacks Men; Only One Battleship Fully Manned
DEFENDING
the United States today in active sea service there is exactly one warship, the 20,000-ton battleship North Dakota (BB-29), built in 1910. Capt. Thomas J. Senn commanding. With headquarters at Guantanamo, Cuba, Captain Senn commands the entire force that is ready to engage an enemy in either the Atlantic or Pacific/ The North Dakota not only is able to navigate the sea at its full 21-knot speed, but could fire every one of its ten 12-inch guns and 14 6-inch guns.
Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
PDF courtesy of The Bemidji Daily Pioneer.(Bemidji, Minn.) 1904-1971, 17 November 1919, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota 67k In the Grand Harbor, Valletta, Malta, 17 December 1919. A British battleship is moored beyond North Dakota (BB-29). USNHC # NH 77197 photograph from the scrapbooks of Fred M. Butler.
BB-29 ND 1.24k The Dreadnaught North Dakota (BB-29)
Passing up the Lower Bay to her anchorage in the Hudson River with the North Atlantic fleet which arrived here yesterday.
Photo by Underwood & Underwood.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 02 May 1920, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-29 North Dakota 117k Captain Thomas Jones Senn was the Commanding Officer of the battleship North Dakota (BB-29) in 1920. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-29 North Dakota 260k 1920 picture showing that she still hasn't received her full peacetime boat complement. Visible are life rafts mounted on turrets and on her hull side. Rafts were found, by wartime experience, to be a liability in a battle. They were easily destroyed by shellfire and could contribute to crew casualties with splinters when they were struck and exploded by enemy rounds. USN photo.
BB-29 North Dakota 89k North Dakota (BB-29) sailor. Photo courtesy of North Dakota State Historical Society via Bill Gonyo.
BB-29 ND 569k KING NEPTUNE VISITS THE BATTLESHIP NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29)
The sailors of the Atlantic fleet observed the time honored custom when crossing the Equator of staging a visit from King Neptune and raising the "Royal Flag". Neptune in a royal sea chariot by sea horses and with a trident in his left hand and a dolphin in his right came over the bow the ship. The royal party inspected the ship's crew and then held court. Davy Jones and Peg Leg haled offenders before His Majesty. The royal barber inflicted the punishment assisted by two dentists. The guilty ones were given a thorough pickeling with the royal grease, then thrown into the royal swimming pool. After the ceremonies Neptune returned to the royal domain under the waters of the Equator.
Image and text provided by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Photo from The Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, Okla.) 1893-current, 21 March 1921, HOME EDITION, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 06/22/15.
BB-29 North Dakota 196k North Dakota (BB-29) in the harbor of Charleston, Massachusetts, 1921. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-30 Florida88k Florida (BB-30) steaming in line abreast with two other ships of Battleship Division Five, Atlantic Fleet, during an exercise in about 1921. The other ships are Delaware (BB-28) and North Dakota (BB-29). USNHC # NH 93421, photographed by A.E. Wells.
Atlantic and Pacific Fleets49k "Combined Atlantic and Pacific Fleets in Panama Bay, 21st January 1921". Right section (of three) of a panoramic photograph taken by M.C. Mayberry, of Mayberry and Smith, Shreveport, Louisiana.
Among the ships present in this image are (from left to right): Sicard (DD-346), Hatfield (DD-231), North Dakota (BB-29), Delaware (BB-28), Brazos (AO-4), Prometheus (AR-3), Utah (BB-31), Oklahoma (BB-37), Bridge (AF-1), Nevada (BB-36), Schenck (DD-159), Arizona (BB-39), Black Hawk (AD-9), Dickerson (DD-157), Dahlgren (DD-187), Herbert (DD-160), Columbia (CA-16), Cleveland (PG-33), Tacoma (PG-32), Semmes (DD-189) and one other destroyer.
Photo # NH 86082-C, courtesy of Naval Historical Center, Naval Historical Foundation, D.H. Criswell Collection.
BB-30 Florida663kRotogravure Photo entitled Mighty American Dreadnoughts Under Full Power Plowing through Turbulent Waters Off The Coast of Scotland
Florida (BB-30) with other vessels of the Naval Academy practice squadron running into rough weather while passing to the North of Scotland while enroute from Copenhagen to Glasgow.

She is followed by Delaware (BB-28) and North Dakota (BB-29).
Rotogravure Photo courtesy of ebay.co.uk.
USNHC Photo # NH 54181 and text.
BB-29 North Dakota 113k Passing through the Galliard Cut, Panama Canal, 15 February 1923. USNHC # NH 73827.
BB-28 Delaware819kPanoramic photo of the U.S. fleet in Panama Bay (Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal) on 1 March 1923. 70 vessels are viewed; the Battle Fleet consists of all U.S. battleships from the Delaware (BB-28) through the Idaho (BB-42). Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, courtesy of Tom Kermen. Copyright R.G. Lewis, Y Photo Shop, Balboa, C.Z." .
BB-30 Florida99k Florida (BB-30) entering Halifax harbor, Nova Scotia in 1923. She is followed by two other U.S. Navy battleships.
The other two battleships might be the Delaware (BB-28) & North Dakota (BB-29). DANFS records that they made midshipmen cruises to Europe during that time before they were decommissioned later in the fall.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 54180.
BB-29 North Dakota 27k Underway, starboard view. Circa 1924. Courtesy of Jon Burdett.
BB-29 North Dakota 84k Reeder, ND newspaper article dated 19 March 1930 concerning the fate of North Dakota's (BB-29) bell. Photo courtesy of Robert Hall via Fabio Pena.
BB-29 ND 461k Model of the North Dakota (BB-29) from the North Dakota Historical Society display in the state capitol building, Bismarck.
(If any one can take it out of the display case so we can get a better picture of it, please do so!)
Photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
(NISMF)371kA 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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