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BB-31 USS UTAH
1909 - 1913


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1914 - 1918
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1927 - December 6, 1941
December 7, 1941-Present


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 Shipbuilding, Camden NJ., March 15, 1909. Launched December 23, 1909. Commissioned August 31, 1911. Converted and reclassified Target Ship AG-16, April 1, 1932. Decommissioned (War Loss). Stricken November 13, 1944.
Fate: Sunk by Japanese aircraft during attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii, December 7, 1941. Her hulk still rests rolled over in her berth, serving as a memorial to this day. 6 Officers and 58 Men were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

In Memorium:

In the Second Book of Shmuel (Samuel), 22nd chapter, 5th through the 19th verses, translated from the original in Hebrew and published by the Koren Publishers of Jerusalem, Israel, can perhaps aptly describe the fate of the crew and all other U.S.sailors who died defending their county:

"When the waves of death compassed me / the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; / the bonds of She'ol encircled me; / the snares of death took me by surprise; / in my distress I called upon the Lord, / and cried to my G-D: / and he heard my voice out of his temple, / and my cry entered into his ears. / Then the earth shook and trembled; /the foundations of heaven moved / and shook because of his anger /...the heavy mass of waters, and thick clouds of the skies /... And the channels of the sea appeared, / the foundations of the world were laid bare, / at the rebuking of the Lord, at the blast at the breath of his nostrils. / He sent from above, he took me; / he drew me out of many waters; / he delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me. / They surprised me in the day of my calamity: / but the Lord was my stay..."
Penelope's Song courtesy of Loreena McKennitt via quinlanroad.com.
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BB-31 Utah 2.80k The battleship Utah (BB-31) as she will look when completed.Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Salt Lake Herald-Republican. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1909-1918, 15 November 1908, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah733kBATTLESHIP UTAH (BB-31) MANEUVERS....Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Salt Lake Herald-Republican. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1909-1918, 01 July 1909, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah 2.13k AMERICA'S DREADNOUGHT COSTS $8,000,000.
Battleship Utah (BB-31) Rides the Stream
Biggest Fighting Machine in the United States Navy is Named as She Slides Down the Ways
Miss Mary Alice Spry Breaks Bottle of Wine in Customary Fashion
Crowds Cheer and Whistles Blow as Huge Vessel Touches the Water
Fifth of All Big Gun Type of Battleships for Uncle Sam
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from Deseret Evening News. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1909-1918, 24 December 1909, Image 1 (Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 23 December 1909, Last Edition, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah 665k BATTLESHIP UTAH (BB-31) LAUNCHED TODAYImage and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Salt Lake Tribune. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1909-1918, 24 December 1909, Image 1 (Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 23 December 1909, Last Edition, Image 1, via 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 Alioe 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, Images 1 & 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah 2.29k Scenes at launching of battleship Utah (BB-31).Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library
Photo from The Desert Evening News, 27 December 1909, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah 1.80k The battleship as she left the ways in Camden in the presence of a distinguished party. Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Salt Lake Herald-Republican. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1909-1918, 28 December 1909, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah52kUtah (BB-31) launching at New York Shipbuilding Corp. Plant. The ship is not identifiable, but, the bow curve suggests an early American dreadnought such as Utah, launched in 1909.Photo & text courtesy of New York Shipbuilding., yorkship.home.comcast.net.
BB-31 Utah 4.27k WORLD'S BIGGEST BATTLESHIP;
HOW THE UTAH (BB-31) LOOKS TODAY
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Tacoma Times. (Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 29 December 1909, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah 1.92k Boy First Contributor to Battleship Utah (BB-31)
JOHNNIE HUNT
Boy 10 years old of Wells Nev who is first contributor to battleship Silver Service.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Salt Lake Herald-Republican. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1909-1918, 24 April 1910, Section One, Image 12, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah 635k Officers of Battleship Utah (BB-31) Will Dine With Glorious Silver Service Depicting State's Beauty and ResourcesImage and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Salt Lake Tribune. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1890-current, 18 June 1910, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah 533k The battleship Utah (BB-31) is nearly ready to make her trial speed trips.Photo from The Logan Republican, (Logan, Utah) 1902-1924, 21 January 1911.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah 750k Birdseye view of the battleship Utah (BB-31), the largest warship so far completed for the United States Navy, which has left the yard of the New York Shipbuilding company at Camden, N. J., for her official trial off the New England coast. The new ship must develop a speed of 20.5 knots an hour to comply with the government's requirements. The speed test will take place probably today over the measured course off Rockland, Maine. The Utah has a displacement of 21,875 tons, while the battleship Delaware (BB-28), the biggest Dreadnought in the fleet now assembled off Portsmouth, England, for the coronation review of King George, has a displacement of 20,000 tons.Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo from El Paso Herald. (El Paso, Tex.) 1901-1931, 26 June 1911, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah642k The Utah (BB-31) during her trials, 16th run at 21 knots. Photographed by N.L. Stebbins, Boston, Massachusetts.
US National Archives photo # 80G-103105 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert, Webmaster & Editor ModelWarships.com
BB-31 Utah 541k Uncle Sam's Latest Dreadnought In Action
The new battleship Utah (BB-31), latest of the U.S. dreadnoughts, was commissioned here today, having completed her tests successfully.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from Evening Bulletin. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii) 1895-1912, 31 August 1911, 3:30 EDITION, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida561kUtah (BB-31) at Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Photo dated circa 12 September 1911
Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via flickr.com.
BB-31 Utah 2.13k New U. S. Battleship Utah (BB-31), the Navy's Greatest Sea Fighter, Now Receiving Finishing Touches, and 12 Inch GunImage and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Photo by Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]) 1881-1916, 14 September 1911, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 03/22/13.
BB-31 Utah 683k $28,000,000 TO PUT BIGGEST DREADNAUGHT UTAH (BB-31) INTO ACTION.
$250,000 an Hour Is the Expense of Fighting Newest Warship
While Her Maintenance Costs $832,000 a Year, or More.
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, 16 September 1911, Final Edition, Image 12, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah224k Starboard broadside of the Utah (BB-31) underway at an unknown location with the crew lining the rails between 1911 and 1915. Photo from Library of Congress; # Library of Congress, LC-D4-22783 via Mike Green.
BB-31 Utah224kHawse pipe casting for Utah (BB-31), October 1911. Photo No. f1041n1, Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive - courtesy National Archive and Records Administration, Northeast Region - NYC, Record Group 181 via flickr.com.
BB-31 Utah70k In 1911, Captain William S. Benson became the first Commanding Officer of the battleship Utah (BB-31). Digital ID: # ggbain 25778. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-31 Utah56kUnderway, possibly during her trials in 1911.USNHC # NH 63201.
BB-31 Utah132kThe ship as completed in late 1911.USN photo.
BB-31 Utah 703k LIKENESS OF BRIGHAM YOUNG APPEARS ON SILVER SERVICE PRESENTED TO BATTLESHIP UTAH (BB-31) IN SPITE OF ANTI MORMON PROTEST. Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX. & University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from El Paso Herald (El Paso, Tex.) 1901-1931, 14 December 1910, Image 16 & The Evening Standard. (Ogden City, Utah) 1910-1913, 11 November 1911, Image 8, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah 875k SNUB BY CAPTAIN OF WARSHIP UTAH (BB-31) IS CHARGE OF D.A.R.
Women Warned Against Assailing Mormons, in Presenting, Silver, IT IS Said.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 12 November 1911, Sunday Evening Edition, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-30 Florida316kUtah (BB-31) showing propellers.
Photo dated 27 November 1911.
Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via flickr.com.
BB-31 Utah 1.20k BATTLESHIP UTAH (BB-31) GETS SILVER SERVICE
THE silver service purchased by 30,000 school children of Utah for the new battleship Utah was presented by Governor Spry to Capt William S. Benson, commander of the vessel, in the New York navy yard the other day. The gift, displayed on a long table between two immense guns, was unveiled by Miss Hazel Tout.
Image and text provided by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA.
Photo from Tensas Gazette. (St. Joseph, La.) 1886-current, 22 December 1911, Image 12, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah177kUtah (BB-31) in Guantanamo Bay. This photo possibly dates during her shakedown cruise;-a voyage that took her to Hampton Roads, Va.; Santa Rosa Island and Pensacola, Fla.; Galveston, Tex.; Kingston and Portland Bight, Jamaica; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Utah was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet in March 1912. USN photo # 80-G-1025113 courtesy of interwarnavy.org via Bill Gonyo. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-31 Utah406kForward turrets of the Utah (BB-31), possibly at Philadelphia, PA. Digital ID: # 2163693498_47d91aa26d_o. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-31 Utah187kForward turrets of the Utah (BB-31). Note the metal grating on deck over the anchor chains. Digital ID: Call # LC-B2-2267-11. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-31 Utah280kStern view of the Utah (BB-31) at the New York Naval Review. Note her rear secondary gun ports are open. Digital ID: # 2422670411_e9d19cf7b3_o., LOC # LC-B2-2455-2. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-31 Utah114kSemaphore signaling on Utah (BB-31). Digital ID: ggbain.09584 # 2162892615_7a7f48e09c_o. Call # LC-B2- 2267-15. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-31 Utah1.00k Officers and crew of the Utah (BB-31) on 10 May 1912.
The day before, the Utah succeeded in becoming the first ship to use the new Drydock at the Brooklyn Navy Yard which had a reputation as a man killer.
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints & Photos Division, LC-USZ62-137330, Photo # 6a33021 by H.H. Howard. Photo courtesy of Tom Kermen.
PDF 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, 09 May 1912, Final Edition, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina650kHOW AMERICA'S GUNNERS HOLD THE SUPREMACY OF THE SEA
THE EYES OF THE GUNS
Above is the Ordinance Officer who sits in the Foretop and Directs by Telephone the Marksmanship of the Gunners Below.
At the Bottom of the page is the Crew of a Seven inch Gun on the Utah (BB-31)
Lowering a Pontoon Raft with Contact Mines from Battleship South Carolina (BB-26) to the Ship's Cutter
Placing the Mines from the Bow to the Cutter
Photos by enrique Mueller
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
The Salt Lake Tribune. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1890-current, 12 May 1912, Magazine Section, Image 38, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah 715k UNCLE SAM'S BIGGEST DRYDOCK TAKES IN UTAH (BB-31), BIGGEST BATTLESHIP, WHICH WILL HAVE DENTS IN ARMOR STRAIGHTENED OUT
The Utah is in the navy hospital because of a British tramp steamship trying to got to sea in a fog dented a few of her bow plates as she lay off Tompklnsvllle, Staten Island, on the same day that the Titanic foundered.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Evening Standard. (Ogden City, Utah) 1910-1913, 15 May 1912, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah1.00kFirst dry docking of the Utah (BB-31), Dry Dock # 4, 22 May 1912. Photo No. f544n751, Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive - courtesy National Archive and Records Administration, Northeast Region - NYC, Record Group 181 via flickr.com.
Idaho 538k YANKEE NAVY AT TARGET PRACTICE
The Michigan (BB-27) firing broadside. 2. Same, nearer view. 3. Going to look at target. 4. Big gun at moment of firing. 5. Battleships in line. 6. Ready to lay mines. 7. Setting up target. 8.Utah (BB-31) firing broadsides. 9. Target in position.
Photos by Enrique Muller.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from The Hawaiian Star (Honolulu [Oahu]) 1893-1912, 31 May 1912, SECOND EDITION, SECOND SECTION, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah717kStern view of the Utah (BB-31) in an unknown drydock sometime between 1909 and 1914. Library of Congress photo # LC-H261-1188 via Mike Green.
BB-28 Delaware319k Delaware (BB-28) with what probably are Utah (BB-31) & Arkansas (BB-33) in 1913.Photo i.d. courtesy of Chuck Haberlein & Ronald J. Nash.
Library of Congress Reference number # LC-H261-3207, courtesy of Tracy White.
BB-31 Utah64k The Utah (BB-31) Number One Turret's crew posing under their turret's 12"/45 guns in 1913. Chief Turret Captain Abraham DeSomer seated at right in the center of the front row. To his right is the Turret Officer, Ensign Arthur S. Carpender. DeSomer received the Medal of Honor for his "extraordinary heroism" during the seizure of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21-22 April 1914. USNHC photo # NH 103835, from the collection of Lieutenant Commander Abraham DeSomer, USN. Donated by Lieutenant Colonel Russell DeSomer, U.S. Air Force (Retired), 1975.
BB-31 Utah59kTaking green water over the bow in the Atlantic, while returning from the Mediterranean Sea in December 1913. A severe storm had just passed and seas were still heavy. Photographed by E. Muller, Jr.USNHC # NH 63650.
BB-31 Utah74kThe Utah (BB-31) prior to 1914.USNHC # NH 90359.

Utah (BB-31) History
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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Utah (BB-31) Report of Pearl Harbor Attack.

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