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BB-30 USS FLORIDA
1909 - 1911


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Florida Class Battleship: Displacement 21,825 Tons, Dimensions, 521' 6" (oa) x 88' 3" x 30' 1" (Max)Armament 10 x 12"/45 16 x 5"/51, 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 11" Belt, 12" Turrets, 3" Decks, 11 1/2" Conning Tower. Machinery, 28,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 20.75 Knots, Crew 1001.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Naval Ship Yard, March 9, 1909. Launched May 12, 1910. Commissioned September 15, 1911. Decommissioned November 22, 1923. Stricken April 6, 1931.
Fate: Sold 16 February 1931 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-30 Florida1.03k10 January 1911 photo of "Work on the Florida (BB-30)" looking forward from the stern.Source: Library of Congress, # LC-B2-2135-10A.
BB-30 Florida 1.86k Building American Dreadnought. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 07 February 1910, Last Edition, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida155k Florida (BB-30) under construction May 1910 at the New York Naval Ship Yard, Camden, New Jersey.Digital ID # ggbain 07964v, LC-B2-2009-14. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-30 Florida190k Florida (BB-30) under construction in May 1910 at the New York Naval Ship Yard, Camden, New Jersey.Digital ID # ggbain 07963v, LC-B2-2009-13B. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-30 Florida290k Florida (BB-30) under construction in late Spring 1910.Photo from "Popular Mechanics" Magazine, January 1914 via Robert Hurst.
BB-30 Florida135k The Florida (BB-30) under construction, 1910. Digital ID # ggbain 09669, LC-B2-2279-13. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-30 Florida817k Uncle Sam's newest dreadnought, the Florida (BB-30), which will be launched next month. Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 24 April 1910, Image 17, via flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress.
BB-30 Florida 1.11k Battleship Florida (BB-30) in Brooklyn Navy Yard And Miss Elizabeth L. Fleming
The ship is about 60% completed at this stage.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library
Photo from Deseret Evening News.(Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 06 May 1910, Last Edition, Image 10, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida1.10kUncle Sam's newest dreadnought, The Florida (BB-30), as she will look when cleared for action. Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 8 May 1910, Image 17, via flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress.
BB-30 Florida703k Florida (BB-30) immediately prior to being launched on 12 May 1910. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, # LC-B2-2013-6,via Mike Green.
BB-30 Florida129kThe Florida (BB-30) slides down the launching ways 12 May 1910 at the New York Naval Ship Yard, Camden, New Jersey.Digital ID # ggbain 07987v, LC-B2-2012-11. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-30 Florida 763k SCENES AT RECENT LAUNCHING OF MONSTER BATTLESHIP FLORIDA (BB-30) Image and text provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL. & Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ.
Insert photo from Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.) 1893-1920, 17 May 1910, Image 8 & Bisbee Daily Review.(Bisbee, Ariz.) 1901-1971, 25 May 1910, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida 489k Thrilling Moment In the Launching Of the Great Battleship Florida (BB-30) Image and text provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ.
Photo from Bisbee Daily Review.(Bisbee, Ariz.) 1901-1971, 04 June 1910, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida 734k Citadel of the Sea & its Sponsor. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 12 May 1910, Last Edition, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida 4.06k "Go. Brave Ship." Says Pretty Sponsor as Giant Vessel Makes Stately Start. Like Swan in the Water Cheers and Whistles Drown Bands at Brilliant Launching of Nation's Biggest Sea Fighter.
The hull of the United States battleship Florida (BB-30), representing the highest type of American naval construction, was started on its slippery path to the East River from the Navy Yard in Brooklyn at exactly 11:21 o'clock yesterday morning. The rain stayed away, but thirty thousand persons did not.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 13 May 1910, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida 678k TWO VIEWS OF THE BATTTESHIP FLORIDA (BB-30) IN THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD AND SECRETARY MEYER
Monster Launched Yesterday Exceeds Any Other in Massy Weight
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, 13 May 1910, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida 678k Scene at Launching of Dreadnought Florida (BB-30).
There will be many improvements in this battleship, of which few of the large sea fighters can boast. She will be fitted with automatic electric elevators, for instance, and all furniture will be metal. The elevator cars will be installed in the fire room ventilator trunks. Each elevator will be operated from the cars by means of push buttons and will be utilized by officers who would otherwise have a great deal of climbing to do. The ship is 520 feet long and 70 feet beam. She will cost something like $6,000,000 when completed.
The main battery of the ship will consist of ten twelve-inch rifles arranged in pairs in turrets. Looking at her bow on one would think that the Florida had what is called superposed or double decked turrets, like the Kearsarge (BB-5) and Kentucky (BB-6); but, as a matter of fact, there are only two guns in each of the five turrets, and the second turret in the fore part of the ship is necessarily elevated on the superstructure so as to be able to fire freely over the top of the forward turret. There is a formidable secondary battery, composed of sixteen five-inch rapid firers, four three-pounders, two one-pounders and a number of machine guns. There are also two twenty-one-inch submerged tubes for torpedoes.
The battleship Iowa (BB-4), one of the most powerful vessels under the American flag during the Spanish-American war, is not in the same class with the Florida, which is approximately 10,000 tons heavier and 100 feet longer than Admiral Evans' old fighter. Besides, the Florida's engines are two and a half times more powerful than the Iowa's, her speed three knots greater. She carries almost a thousand tons more coal. At a distance of four and a half or five miles, the Florida could hurl a broadside of steel missiles weighing 8,500 pounds. At this distance the Iowa could reply with a broadside weighing but 3.500 pounds. The Florida will carry a crew of 1,002 men; the Iowa's crew was about 600.
Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from The Princeton Union. (Princeton, Minn.) 1876-1976, 02 June 1910, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida992k Florida (BB-30) on 12 May 1910 immediately after launching. The ship is being maneuvered by tugs to the dock and will begin the 16 month fitting out, finally being commissioned on 15 September 1911. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, # LC-B2-2013-13, via Mike Green.
Photo added 05/30/14.
BB-30 Florida875k Florida (BB-30) under construction on 18 January 1911 at the New York Naval Ship Yard, Camden, New Jersey. Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 08949v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida160k Florida (BB-30) under construction on 18 January 1911 at the New York Naval Ship Yard, Camden, New Jersey. Photo # 08945u courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-30 Florida153kWorking on the Florida's (BB-30) mast near her boat deck, 18 January 1911 at the New York Naval Ship Yard, Camden, New Jersey.Digital ID # ggbain 08948v, LC-B2-2135-9. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-30 Florida 800k FIRST PHOTO OF THE FLORIDA (BB-30), UNCLE SAM'S NEW DREADNOUGHT,SOON TO BE PLACED IN COMMISSION
The new United States battleship Florida, now almost completed at the Brooklyn navy yard, will be one of the leading sea fighters this country possesses when she is placed in commission.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Evening Standard.(Ogden City, Utah) 1910-1913, 29 July 1911, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida149kStarboard broadside view of the Florida (BB-30) dressed with flags during the Naval Review off New York City, 3 October 1911.Digital ID # ggbain 09947v, LC-B2-2330-5. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-30 Florida88kBroadside at anchor & dressed with flags during the Naval Review off New York City, 3 October 1911.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 61261.
BB-30 Florida 1.17k BATTLESHIP FLORIDA (BB-30) NEARLY COMPLETED Image and text provided by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA.
Photo from The Colfax Chronicle. (Colfax, Grant Parish, La.) 1877-1981, 07 October 1911, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida126k1911 photo shows the Florida (BB-30) passing under the Brooklyn Bridge. A good detail shot of the ship, showing the virtually nonexistent protection to the navigating and conning areas of the ship. The bridge wings were erected only when the ship entered or left port. The topmasts have been lowered to permit passage under the bridge. The height of the Brooklyn Bridge and the width of the Panama Canal were the two most significant design limitations to United States battleship construction. This carried up through all classes of ships, with the proposed, but never built, Montana class (BB-67-71), the first class to deviate from these limitations.USN photo. Text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-30 Florida 938k Replica of the Florida (BB-30), Largest Dreadnought in Uncle Sam's Navy
MODEL OF FLORIDA SHOWS ALL DETAILS OF BIG BATTLESHIP
Secretary Meyer Takes Great Pride in Replica Now on Exhibition.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 27 October 1911, Last Edition, Image 12, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida 1.86k Battleship Florida (BB-30) on Her Way Up North River Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 28 October 1911, Final Edition, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida678k Florida (BB-30) under tow and assisted by tugs possibly before passing under the Brooklyn Bridge in 1911.
Florida, Our Newest and Biggest Warship, Seen From 150 Feet Above
SOMETHING like $190,000,000 worth of warships was exhibited to a few hundred thousands of the millions of people who paid for them while the 100 vessels of the largest fleet America who saw lay at anchor in New York harbor. It may interest the statistically inclined, by the way to know that the sum just mentioned is approximately the same as New York city's budget estimate for the year 1912. All the types of modern naval construction were to be seen in the line which stretched seven miles up the Hudson, from the little submarines, like the Plunger (SS-02), to the giant Dreadnoughts, the sister battleships Florida and Utah (BB-31), with their displacement of 21,825 tons. The Florida is the newest ship in the navy and with the Utah, the largest. She made her first public appearance at the time of the New York muster of sea fighters, having been towed by a fleet of tugs from the Brooklyn navy yard to her station in the North river. The photograph shows her on her way down the East river to the rendezvous.
Photo courtesy of Conway Maritime Press via Robert Hurst.
Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photo from The Democratic Banner. (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) 1898-192?, 10 November 1911, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.

Additional Florida Images
4 General Views Of Florida From The Library Of Congress Server.

USS FLORIDA BB-30 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Not Applicable To This Ship
Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
U.S.S. Florida BB-30 Home Port By Benjamin M. Givens, Jr.
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