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|1.84k||Uncle Sam To Build World's Biggest Battleship|
Lessons learned from the building of the Dreadnought incorporated into construction of what would be the Wyoming class (BB-32 / 33).
|Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo by Deseret Evening News. (Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 12 January 1907, Last Edition, Image 10, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|665k||Diver clearing away aft for the launch of the battleship Wyoming (BB-32), 25 May 1911.||Photo by J.F. Huse from the Atwater Kent Museum Collection of the Philadelphia Maritime Museum.|
|433k||The Wyoming (BB-32) starts her slide down the ways on 25 May 1911.||Photo courtesy of phillyhistory.org|
Photo i.d. via Mike Green.
|400k||Launching the Wyoming (BB-32) on 25 May 1911.||Photo courtesy of phillyhistory.org|
Photo i.d. via Mike Green.
|739k||Battleship Wyoming (BB-32) in Dock and Girl Who Christened It||
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo by The Salt Lake Tribune. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1890-current, 26 May 1911, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|833k||"Battleship Wyoming (BB-32), Latest Dreadnought Launched To-day at Philadelphia.||Image and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.|
Photo from Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]) 1881-1916, 31 May 1911, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|657k||How a Battleship Looks In the Building||Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo by El Paso Herald. (El Paso, Tex.) 1901-1931, 31 May 1911, Image 8, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|421k||BEAUTY CHRISTENED THE NEW BATTLESHIP.|
Miss Dorothy Eunice Knight, daughter of the former Chief Justice Jesse Knight of Wyoming, was sponsor for the new battleship Wyoming (BB-32), which was launched at Philadelphia on May 25.
|Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.|
Photo from The Hawaiian Star. (Honolulu [Oahu]) 1893-1912, 08 June 1911, SECOND EDITION, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|1.32k||Putting the Finishing Touches On the New Battleship Wyoming (BB-32)||Image and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Photo from The Ward County Independent. (Minot, Ward County, N.D.) 1902-1965, 06 July 1911, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 08/29/14.
|1.10k||WORK ON NEW SEA FIGHTER PROGRESSES|
THE task of completing the battleship Wyoming (BB-32), which was launched the other day at Camden, N. J., is progressing rapidly.
|Image and text provided by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA.|
Photo from The Colfax Chronicle. (Colfax, Grant Parish, La.) 1877-1981, 15 July 1911, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|604k||The 26,000 ton battleship Wyoming (BB-32) will be the flagship of Rear Admiral Hugh Osterhaus at the big naval review in New York Harbor October 14 and 15, when more than 120 war craft of the United States Navy will pass in review before President Taft, Secretary of the Navy and other high dignitaries of Government Officialdom. Besides the Wyoming, her sister ship, the new Arkansas (BB-33) will also be in line.|
These two super-Dreadnoughts will make the display much more formidable than that of last November when the Utah (BB-31) and Florida (BB-30) divided honors as the pride of the navy. Twenty-one first-class battleships are included in the program of the big river parade. The presence of the Atlantic reserve fleet will be another feature of the review. At the same time the Atlantic review is in progress the Pacific fleet will mobilize at San Francisco and the Asiatic fleet at Manila. There will be American warships on review on both sides of the world. The event will eclipse anything in the way of a naval demonstration of the American naval strength that has ever taken place in the United States.
|Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.|
Photo by The Mathews Journal. (Mathews C.H. [Court House]) 1903-1937, 22 August 1912, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|110k||Miss Dorothy Eunice Knight, the daughter of former Chief Justice Jesse Knight of the Wyoming Supreme Court at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 25 September 1912.||Digital ID: # 2163471162_5fdbdb37af_o. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.|
|109k||Wyoming Gov. Jim Carey & wife, Susan Carey & Miss Dorothy Eunice Knight, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 25 September 1912.||Digital ID: # 2162670101_46393b84b4_o. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.|
|2.06k||WYOMING (BB-32), BIGGEST OF BATTLESHIPS / AND ONE OF ITS CREW DOING EMBROIDERY WORK.||Image and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Photo by Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]) 1881-1916, 17 October 1912, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|2.23k||BIRDSEYE VIEW OF THE WYOMING (BB-32), THE GREATEST OF UNCLE SAM'S BATTLESHIPS|
This picture of the superDREADNOUGHT Wyoming was made from the Brooklyn bridge as the battleship was proceeding up the East River. It shows the vessel from the rear with six of the twelve inch guns visible, two in each turret......
|Image and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Photo by Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]) 1881-1916, 23 October 1912, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|860k||Bow view of the Wyoming (BB-32) in dry dock NO 4, Brooklyn Navy Yard on 20 November 1912.||Photo No. f1048n2, Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive - courtesy National Archive and Records Administration, Northeast Region - NYC, Record Group 181 via flickr.com.|
|947k||Stern view of the Wyoming (BB-32) in dry dock NO 4, Brooklyn Navy Yard on 22 November 1912.||Photo No. f1048n3, Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive - courtesy National Archive and Records Administration, Northeast Region - NYC, Record Group 181 via flickr.com.|
|167k||1912 Bell from Wyoming (BB-32) at Navy Museum.||Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.|
|375k||Captain Frederick Lincoln Chapin was the first commanding officer of the battleship Wyoming (BB-32).||Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.|
|571k||No No New York (BB-34).
Yes Wyoming (BB-32).
Labeled as the 14" guns (actually labeled 14' guns!) of the New York (BB-34), but these are clearly 12" gun turrets (flat tops and vertical sides), which I believe are from a Wyoming (BB-32) class ship.
|Photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Nash & Chuck Haberlein.
Photo # LC-B2-3037-15 from George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress) via flickr.com.
|102k||Wyoming (BB-32) as completed and running acceptance trials at speed. Pretty sparse conditions on the bridge and conning tower. Front 5" casemate gun is wet; a problem with all guns mounted this low. The problem was there in smooth water and was severe in rough water; the guns on all ships being removed and relocated on subsequent refits.||>U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
Photo i.d. courtesy of Richard Jensen.
|119k||Front cover of a post card showing the Wyoming (BB-32) steaming at high speed, possibly during her trials, circa 1912-13 with an insert of Admiral Badger.||USN photo courtesy of Enrique Muller Jr. via Tommy Trapp.|
|31k||The Wyoming (BB-32) appears here possibly during her trials, circa 1912-13.||Photo taken from Jane's Fighting Ships, 1924 & submitted by Robert Hurst.|
|110k||Unknown battleship photo quite likely taken during trials or shakedown period due to the text written "Making twenty knots" possibly circa 1912-13. |
Short Answer: This is either the Wyoming (BB-32) or Arkansas (BB-33).
Key Clues: Conning Tower in front of Signal Bridge Deck, which angles back from the tower, wet 5"/51 guns below this deck, saluting battery above, command bridge on mast above, and arrangement of search lights.
Long Answer: The date of the photo is definitely prior to America's entry into WW I. The British insisted that an enclosed pilot houses was a necessity when operating in the North Atlantic and North Sea and the USN added them to all battleships sent to England. The only weather protection this ship has is awnings and the canvas wind/spray breaks tied to the deck stanchions. The other clue is the search lights on top of the boat cranes rather than a 3" AA gun; another addition before going "Over There".
This is definitely a 12" gunned dreadnought but not one of the South Carolina's (BB-26/27). They have a prominent plated supports at the outer edge of the signal bridge which would be visible where the 5"/51 is peeking out above the awning. Also note the saluting guns on the deck above.
The Delaware class' (BB-28 / 29) originally had the forward most 5"/51 guns in casemates on the second deck foreword of the No. 1 barbette. This proved to be too wet and the casemates were removed and plated over and the guns were move to a "wet" mount on the 02 Deck beside the foremast and under the signal bridge deck (03 deck). The 03 deck also completely surrounds the conning tower allowing a walkway in front of the conning tower. The ship in the photo lacks this walkway. Also I have not seen any photos of either Delaware (BB-28) or North Dakota (BB-29) with only 2 searchlights mounted on the foremast in an over/under arrangement. So I do not think this either of the Delaware's.
The Florida's (BB-30/31) can be eliminated as all of this class' secondary battery were mounted in casemates in the forecastle or on the Second Deck amidships and aft. They have no "wet" mount 5"/51's though the saluting battery was located in this position. Also their signal bridge deck extends straight back from the conning tower to the bridge wings, which extends outboard perpendicularly.
The USNHC page for the "Arkansas" has a photo album from a European cruise taken in the fall of 1913, just a year after commissioning. The first photo is an over-all picture of the Arkansas in which she is carrying the same search light arrangement as in this photo. Assuming that the cover photo from the album was taken at the same time as the other photos, its reasonable to assume that it represents the Arkansas at or near the time of commissioning. Photos of the Wyoming attributed to her trials show her sporting 6 search lights mounted on the fore mast. All of this suggest that the photo is probably the Arkansas in 1912 or 1913.
|USN photo courtesy of Jerry Crow. Photo I.d. & text courtesy of Chris Hoehn.|
|176k||Marines on Wyoming (BB-32).||Digital ID 3379435568_83369f14c3_o,# ggbain LC-B2-2694-16. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.|
|297k||Postcard photo of the crew of a Wyoming (BB-32 / 33) class battleship gathered between the barrels.||Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.|
|1.20k||Scenes on Battleship at Target Practice||Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.|
Photo from The Washington Times., 1902-1939, 4 April 1913, Last Edition, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov
|703k||Maine Monument committee on Wyoming (BB-32), May 1913.
Members of the committee included: Chairman James Grant Wilson, William R. Hearst, George F. Shrady, John W. Keller, and J. Edward Simmons. In 1913, the monument was placed at the Columbus Circle and 59th Street entrance to Central Park in New York City.
|Photo # LC-B2-2696-17 & text from George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress) via flickr.com.|
|482k||Stern view of the Wyoming (BB-32) in dry dock, sometime between 1910 and 1915. This photo is a good view of the 5-inch 51 caliber anti-destroyer gun mounted at the extreme stern of the ship. The Wyoming (BB-32/33), New York (BB-34/35) and Nevada (BB-36/37) classes were designed and originally armed with this weapon. It was removed to it’s ‘wet’ location and not mounted on following classes.||Photo from Library of Congress; # LC-B2-3038-2 [P&P] LOT 10785 via Mike Green.|
|71k||Staff of Rear Admiral Charles J. Badger, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, in a planning session on board Wyoming (BB-32) in 1913. Those present around the table are (from left to right): Lieutenant Gardner L. Caskey, USN; Lieutenant Commander Walton R. Sexton, USN; Lieutenant Commander Frank R. McCrary, USN; Lieutenant Stanford C. Hooper, USN; Major Albertus W. Catlin, USMC; and Commander Carl T. Vogelgesang, USN.||USNHC # NH 53320, now in the collections of the National Archives.|
|66k||Orchestra of the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. On board Wyoming (BB-32) in 1912-13.||USNHC # NH 95226, now in the collections of the National Archives.|
|599k||Looking forward, a view of the Wyoming (BB-32) on her port side. The photo was taken during a break in target practice in 1913. The anchor and forward 5”/51 casemate gun are visible.||Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, # LC-H261-3211 via Mike Green.|
|600k||STEEL DOORS ABOARD BATTLE SHIP TWISTED BY SHOCK OF HEAVY GUN FIRING IN FLEET TARGET PRACTICE|
Inspection of the battleships of the First Division of the Atlantic Fleet, which are now lying in Hampton Roads and Lynnhaven Bay, shows that unexpected havoc was wrought on board by the firing of the big guns at target practice. Usually the twelve inch rifles are fired singly and in salvo, with no more damage than a little broken glassware in the wardroom or a smashed watch crystal. This time, however, there was a trail of litter all along the starboard deck of the Wyoming (BB-32), and the other vessel report similar casualties.
As the vessels fired while approaching the target obliquely the guns were swung to starboard and slightly forward, the muzzles were inboard. The concision smashed a two inch port light in Rear Admiral Badger's cabin on board the Wyoming, blew out a headlight of the superstructure over the engine room and hurled the light to the grating below, smashed in the steel doors of the bakery on the main deck, ripped off name and number plates from the ash hoists and hatchways, and on hoard the Utah (BB-31) frightened a cat into jumping overboard.
|Image and text provided by University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR.|
Photo from Medford Mail Tribune. (Medford, Or.) 1909-1989, 01 November 1913, SECOND EDITION, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|604k||STRICKEN CAPTAIN AND FLAGSHIP WYOMING (BB-32) BACK FROM FOREIGN WATERS;|
THE OHIO (BB-12), ON WHICH SMALLPOX CASES HAVE BROKEN OUT
|Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.|
Photo by The Democratic Banner. (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) 1898-192?, 19 December 1913, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|772k||A NAVAL HOLIDAY AND THE MORNING AFTER.|
The Wyoming (BB-32) is in the inset.
|Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.,
Photo by New-York Tribune, (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 22 February 1914, Image 41, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|1.72k||COALING DREADNOUGHT WYOMING (BB-32) AT SEA IN THREE HOURS|
In a recent test it was demonstrated that it is possible in time of war to coal four or five battleships a day at sea in fair weather. In the above photograph is seen the U. S. Navy colliers Jason (AC-12) and Nereus (AC-10), on the starboard and port sides respectively, putting aboard the dreadnought Wyoming more than 2,200 tons of coal in less than three hours.
|Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo Copyright by Enrique Muller, Jr.
Photo by The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 12 April 1914, FOURTH SECTION PICTORIAL MAGAZINE, Image 40, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|713k||FLEET SAILS FOR MEXICO, TO AVENGE INSULT TO FLAG|
MIGHTY DREADNOUGHTS OF FLEET ORDERED TO MEXICO
Dreadnoughts of Admiral Backer's Atlantic Fleet in battle line formation. This is part of the mighty fleet of powerful warships ordered to Mexican waters as a result of Mexico's refusal to salute the Stars and Stripes. The photograph was made during the recent target practice at Hampton Roads from the deck of Admiral Badger's flagship, the Wyoming (BB-32).
|Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.,
Photo by The Washington Herald., (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 16 April 1914, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|88k||Battleships of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet steaming in column formation, circa 1914. The leading ship is either Wyoming (BB-32) or Arkansas (BB-33). Note the dense smoke produced by these coal-burning ships.||USNHC # NH 105079 Photographed by Enrique Muller, New York.|
|833k||Marines Board Battleship Wyoming (BB-32) at Hampton Roads, Virginia. |
Battalion of Marines boarded the Wyoming on 4 October. Officials are reported to have said that the ship is going only on a practice cruise, but it is very probable that the warship will go Cuban waters relieving the New Mexico (BB-40) which is now off the Florida coast.
|A.P. Wire photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.|
|380k||Mighty Dreadnoughts of Fleet Just Sent To Mexico
Dreadnoughts of Admiral Badger's Atlantic Fleet in battle line formation. This is part of the mighty fleet of powerful warships ordered to Mexican waters as a result of Mexico's refusal to salute the Stars & Stripes. The photograph was made during the recent target practice at Hampton Roads from the deck of Admiral Badger's flagship, the Wyoming (BB-32).
|Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo & text courtesy of El Paso Herald. (El Paso, Tex.) 1901-1931, 25 April 1914, HOME EDITION, Cable and Too Late to Classify, Image 15, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|71k|| 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.
|523k||THE BATTLESHIP PART THEY GOT RIGHT|
Guns of the Battleship Connecticut (BB-18), Which Point Towards Tampico
Either the Wyoming (BB-32) or the Arkansas (BB-33).
|Image and text provided by University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR.|
Photo from The Evening Herald. (Klamath Falls, Or.) 1906-1942, 23 April 1914, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|539k||Wyoming (BB-32) escorting the Montana (ACR-13). The Montana is carrying the first 17 military dead from Vera Cruz, 11 May 1914.||Photo # LC-B2-3085-8 courtesy of Library of Congress via Mike Green.|
PDF from New York Times. "Vera Cruz Dead Here on Warship." 11 May 1914 via phillyhistory.org.
|31k||Captain Glennon, one of the veterans of the American navy, is commander of the battleship Wyoming (BB-32).||Image and text provided by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA.|
Photo from Abbeville Progress. (Abbeville, Vermilion Parish, La.) 1913-1944, 16 May 1914, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|110k||U.S. Atlantic Fleet Change of Command Ceremony. On board Wyoming (BB-32) circa 16 September 1914, probably at the New York Navy Yard. Rear Admiral Charles J. Badger is at right, reading his orders as he turns command over to Rear Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher (right center). Looking on, in left center, is Rear Admiral Bradley A. Fiske, aide for operations to the Secretary of the Navy. Some of the others present are identified on Photo # NH 95153 (complete caption). The original print is stamped: "Photograph by the New York World. Walter C. Harris. 16 September 1914".||USNHC # NH 95153, now in the collections of the National Archives.|
|101k||The Wyoming (BB-32) at anchor, apparently at Hampton Roads, Virginia, on one of her many visits there early in her career.||USN photo by Brown Brothers, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
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