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BB-29 USS NORTH DAKOTA
1907 - 1911


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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-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. 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 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 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 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.
Photo added 11/21/14.
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 grace fully 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 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 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-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 Dakota 1.17k 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 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo from Valentine Democrat (Valentine, Neb.) 1900-1930, 20 July 1911, Image 7, 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.

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