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BB-33 USS ARKANSAS

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Charlie - Tango


Wyoming Class Battleship: Displacement 26,000 Tons, Dimensions, 562' (oa) x 93' 3" x 29' 7" (Max). Armament 12 x 12"/50, 21 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, 20.5 Knots, Crew 1063.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York, Shipbuilding, Camden, NJ., January 25, 1910. Launched January 14, 1911. Commissioned September 17, 1912. Decommissioned July 29, 1946. Stricken August 15, 1946.
Fate: Sunk July 25, 1946, During Atomic Bomb Test "Baker" at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands.

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1910 - 1912

BB-32 Wyoming1.84kUncle 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.
BB-33 Arkansas392kArkansas (BB-33) sometime shortly before launching, circa January 1911. Photo courtesy of old-picture.com.
BB-33 Arkansas1.06kWorld's Biggest Sea Fighting Machine Arkansas (BB-33) Launched Saturday
THE BATTLESHIP ARKANSAS, AS IT LOOKED BEFORE IT STARTED DOWN THE WAYS AT CAMDEN SHIPYARDS.
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Tacoma Times. (Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 18 January 1911, Image 8, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas778kGreat Fighting Craft Ready for the Water, and Its SponsorImage and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 13 January 1911, Last Edition, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas566kArkansas (BB-33) immediately prior to being launched on 14 January 1911. Library of Congress photo # LC-B2-2134-5 via Mike Green.
BB-33 Arkansas1.19kArkansas (BB-33), Largest in American Navy, Glides Into Water.
GREAT DAY AT CAMDEN, N. J. Miss Macon Baptizes Vessel with Champagne, Despite Home Folks' Protest.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 15 January 1911, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas 133k Miss Nancy Louise Macon is about to introduce the Arkansas (BB-33) to the liquid realm. Photo courtesy of US Navy, ussnewyork.com. via Scott Koen.
BB-33 Arkansas2.70kBIG BATTLESHIP ARKANSAS (BB-33) LAUNCHED AT CAMDEN. Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from the The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 15 January 1911, Image 31, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas 450k Arkansas (BB-33) fitting out with the Williamsburg Bridge in the background. Digital ID: # LC-B2-2940-6. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, via flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress.
BB-33 Arkansas748kU. S. DREADNOUGHT WHICH HIT A REEF TODAY
LARGEST WARSHIP ARKANSAS (BB-33), TWICE CRASHES ON ROCKS
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation
Photo from the The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 04 June 1912, Final Edition-Extra, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas1.20kTHE NEW BATTLESHIP ARKANSAS (BB-33)
Which struck the edge of a reef while preparing for speed trials and was saved from probable serious damage by the construction of her compartments.
ARKANSAS HITS ROCKS AND ESCAPES
Newest American Battleship Runs 44 Feet Over a Reef in Penobscot Bay.
ACCEPTANCE TRIALS GO ON
Naval System of Small Compartments in the Hull Saves the Great Ship from Serious Harm.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 05 June 1912, Image 5, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas1.09kBIG BATTLESHIP IN DRYDOCK.
During her speed trials off the coast of Maine the other day, the new battleship Arkansas (BB-33) ran onto an uncharted reef that damaged her bottom and forced her into drydock. Despite the accident the powerful destroyer exceeded her contract speed of 20& 3/4 knots by attaining 21 & 1/2 knots an hour.
Image and text provided by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA.
Photo from the The Colfax Chronicle. (Colfax, Grant Parish, La.) 1877-1981, 20 July 1912, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas877kNEW BATTLESHIP ARKANSAS (BB-33) IS THOUGHT TO BE FASTEST VESSEL OF HER CLASS.Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from the The Evening Standard.(Ogden City, Utah) 1910-1913, 14 September 1912, Image 11, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas 144k Pres. Taft boards Arkansas (BB-33) on 14 October 1912 during the Naval Review. Digital ID: # 2404820229_c65d6780c9. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-33 Arkansas 142k Civilians stroll the deck of the Arkansas (BB-33), possibly on 14 October 1912 during the Naval Review. Digital ID: # 2404820229_c65d6780c9. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-33 Arkansas 141k Peeling potatoes on the Arkansas (BB-33). Digital ID: # 2387161881_f1e8fd92ab_o. LC-B2-2446-8. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-33 Arkansas 315k Playing Ace y-ducey on the Arkansas (BB-33). Digital ID: # 2387992624_c2b49c7370_o. LC-B2-2446-9. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-33 Arkansas 305k Signaling from the Arkansas (BB-33). Digital ID: ggbain 10838. # 2387991768_541b175986_o. LC-B2-2446-5. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen.
BB-33 Arkansas 188k Captain Roy Campbell Smith was the commanding officer of the battleship Arkansas (BB-33) from 17 September 1912 to 13 October 1914. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-33 Arkansas 154k Port side underway, 15 October 1912. National Archives photo # 19-N-13581.
BB-33 Arkansas554kPresident Taft and Secretary Meyer on Their Inspection Visit to Super-Dreadnought Arkansas (BB-33).Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from the The Logan Republican. (Logan, Utah) 1902-1924, 05 November 1912, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas549kBattleship Arkansas (BB-33) Mightiest In World; Interesting View of Life on Board Her.Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from the The Logan Republican. (Logan, Utah) 1902-1924, 09 November 1912, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-32 Wyoming110kUnknown 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.
BB-33 Arkansas2.72kArkansas (BB-33) taken shortly after commissioning. The searchlights match the configuration in the fitting out photos. Some of the other dates are suspect because the number of searchlights gradually increased through the WW-I era. Some low-number-of-lights photos are listed as later in the decade while some higher-number-of-lights photos are listed as shortly after commissioning. By 1919, additional platforms began to be added, narrowing the window for dating those shots.Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Richard Jensen.
Photo copyright by Waterman, Hampton VA., courtesy of David A. Jones MMCM(SW) USN Retired.
BB-33 Arkansas662kArkansas (BB-33) in dry dock # 4 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for repairs to bottom, 9 April 1913. Photo No. f1050n2, Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive - courtesy National Archive and Records Administration, Northeast Region - NYC, Record Group 181 via flickr.com.
BB-33 Arkansas 712k OUR GREAT FIGHTING SHIP PASSING UNDER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
The superdreadnought Arkansas (BB-33) coming bow on down the the East River having passed under the Brooklyn Bridge which is seen in the background.
DREADNOUGHT ARKANSAS SAILS
Damage Inflicted by Accident in Cuban Waters repaired and She Leaves Navy Yard to Rejoin the North Atlantic Squadron.
Photograph by Edward M. Mitchell courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 26 May 1913, Image 14, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas1.35kRemarkable Photography Showing How the Dreadnought Arkansas (BB-33) Hit a Twelve-foot Moving Target a Mile Away Six Times in Fifty Seven Seconds
One of the Most Remarkable Photographs Ever Taken, Showing the Dreadnought Arkansas Firing a Broadside of Big Guns During the Recent Target Practise Off the Virginia Capes, in which the World's Big Gun Record Was Made. The Diagram Shows Why the Record, which Was Made On a Small Target at One Mile, Was as Good as if it Had Been at Made Ten Miles on the Larger Targets Used for Longer Ranges.
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from the The Times Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1903-1914, 12 October 1913, Image 49, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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 @ researcheratlarge.com
BB-33 Arkansas 83k December 1913 Rear Admiral Cameron Mc. R. Winslow, commanding the first division, made the Arkansas (BB-33) his flagship. The first division also included the battleships Florida (BB-30), Utah (BB-31), Delaware (BB-28), and New York (BB-34).
After Rear Admiral Charles J. Badger retires Winslow will become Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet. Rear Admiral Frank E. Beatty will replace Winslow as Commander of First Division.
Digital ID: # ggbain 12540. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-33 Arkansas1.72kBATTLESHIP ARKANSAS (BB-33) FIGHTS WINDS AND TIDEImage and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from the The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 03 April 1914, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Vera Cruz Incident
BB-32 Wyoming989kWILSON ORDERS GREAT BATTLESHIP FLEET TO COMPEL HUERTA TO SALUTE THE FLAG; DICTATOR STILL REFUSES REPARATION
BATTLESHIP ARKANSAS (BB-33), FLAGSHIP OF THE ATLANTIC FLEET ORDERED TO TAMPICO.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 15 April 1914, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas1.41kDREADNOUGHT Arkansas (BB-33), Flagship of the Fleet.Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from the The Times Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1903-1914, 16 April 1914, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-18 Connecticut489kMARINES LAND AT VERA CRUZ
Badger's Ships Ordered to Blockade Harbor of Vera Cruz
Five of the Battleships Which Will Participate in Blockade
Image and text provided by University of Oregon, Knight Library; Eugene, OR.
Photo courtesy of The Evening Herald. (Klamath Falls, Or.) 1906-1942, 21 April 1914, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas1.62kPROWS OF AMERICAN BATTLESHIPS ARE TURNED TOWARD TAMPICO, MEXICO.Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA & Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the The Tacoma Times. Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 21 April 1914, Image 8, & by Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 15 April 1914, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 07/28/15.
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.
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.
The following battleships that were dispatched to Mexican waters included the:
Ohio (BB-12), Virginia (BB-13), Nebraska (BB-14), Georgia (BB-15), New Jersey (BB-16), Rhode Island (BB-17), 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), South Carolina (BB-26), Michigan (BB-27), Delaware (BB-28), North Dakota (BB-29), Florida (BB-30), Utah (BB-31), Wyoming (BB-32), 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.
BB-33 Arkansas1.19kALERT LIFE ON THE BRIDGE OF AN AMERICAN BATTLESHIP.
The drawing shows Admiral Winslow on the deck of the Arkansas (BB-33) in November 1913.
From a Painting by Henry Reuterdahl
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from the The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 26 April 1914, FOURTH SECTION PICTORIAL MAGAZINE, Image 35, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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.
The following battleships that were dispatched to Mexican waters included the:
Ohio (BB-12), Virginia (BB-13), Nebraska (BB-14), Georgia (BB-15), New Jersey (BB-16), Rhode Island (BB-17), 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), South Carolina (BB-26), Michigan (BB-27), Delaware (BB-28), North Dakota (BB-29), Florida (BB-30), Utah (BB-31), Wyoming (BB-32), 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.
BB-33 Arkansas260kGigs transferring personnel from the Arkansas (BB-33) in 1914.Library of Congress photo # LC-H261-3748 courtesy of Tracy White @ researcheratlarge.com
BB-32 Wyoming88k 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.
BB-33 Arkansas3.73kOUR FLAGSHIP, ARKANSAS (BB-33).
Admiral Badger going aboard his flagship, the Arkansas, at Old Point, iust before she sailed for Tampico.
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA & Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the The Tacoma Times. Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 21 April 1914, Image 8, & by The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 30 April 1914, HOME EDITION, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-21 Kansas 435k CAPTAIN SMITH OF BATTLESHIP ARKANSAS (BB-33).Image and text provided by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Photo by The Chickasha Daily Express. (Chickasha, Indian Territory [Okla.]) 1899-current, 27 April 1914, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas676kSailor of Battleship Arkansas (BB-33) Describes How Snipers Picked Off Uncle Sam's Fighters and Then Got Their Deserts.Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from the The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 08 May 1914, Baseball Final, Image 4, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas 273k Postcard photo by Enrique Muller Jr. of the Arkansas (BB-33) underway sometime after 1914. Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
Mid 19 Teens
BB-33 Arkansas676kDREADNOUGHTS SAIL FOR TARGET FIELD
Super-dreadnought Arkansas (BB-33) passing under the Brooklyn Bridge on her way to join the fleet.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from the The Sun. ((New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 17 January 1915, Image 8, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas2.40kPrize winning gun crews of the United States battleship Arkansas (BB-33) receiving trophies from Captain Roy C Smith while on the high seas. In addition to a cash prize, each man may wear the coveted letter "E" (for excellence) until his gun crew is defeated in a future competition. Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from Warren Sheaf. (Warren, Marshall County, Minn.) 1880-current, 17 March 1915, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas 4.46k Salvo fired at a target by the battleship Arkansas (BB-33) in the recent manoeuvers as observed at close range from a sister ship. Photo by Underwood & Underwood.
Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 20 June 1915, Page 9, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona182kPanoramic view of the crowd visiting the Arizona (BB-39) and the superdreadnought Arkansas (BB-33) after the launching.Photo by Gorodess from Underwood & Underwood & text from the N.Y. Times, 27 June 1915, page 1, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas 454k Arkansas (BB-33) underway circa 1915-1918. Photo i.d. courtesy of Richard Jensen.
USN photo by William H. Rau courtesy of Larry Bohn.
BB-30 Florida1.59kPhoto description "Waterfront looking NW from topmast Florida (BB-30) lying along South side of Pier F, 4 November 1915.
Three four stack destroyers of the Paulding class (DD-22/42), one of which is possibly the Mayrant (DD-31) and a 4 rear turreted battleship {most likely the Arkansas (BB-33)} are anchored alongside the docks.
On 15 October the Arkansas arrived at the New York Navy Yard for drydocking. Underway on 8 November, she returned to Hampton Roads. After a period of routine operations, Arkansas went back to Brooklyn for repairs on 19 November.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn & Fred Willshaw.
Photo No. f644n263, Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive - courtesy National Archive and Records Administration, Northeast Region - NYC, Record Group 181 via flickr.com.
BB-33 Arkansas 71k Firing the 12"/50 guns of Turret # 4, prior to World War I. Note rangefinder in use atop Turret # 5 and large number of sailors on deck observing the shoot. National Archives photo # 19-N-63636.
BB-19, 32 & 33 65k U.S. Atlantic Fleet at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1916-1917. Third section from left (of six) of a panoramic photograph taken from the Naval Station radio tower. Among the ships present are: a battleship that is either Wyoming (BB-32) or Arkansas (BB-33) (left foreground), minelayers Baltimore (CM-1) and San Francisco (CM-2) (toward the left, far distance), destroyers Nicholson (DD-52) (left center, middle distance) and Cushing (DD-55) (right center, middle distance), and battleship Louisiana (BB-19) (right center, far distance, with "La." written above it). USNHC photo # NH 76419, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Donation of MMC Jesse Forton, USN (Retired), 1972.
BB-34 New York350k New York (BB-34) with seven other Battleships of the Atlantic Fleet at Hampton Roads, 1917.
The ship in the foreground (first from the right) is the Arkansas (BB-33). The photo shows a total of 8 battleships sailing in 2 columns. The cage masts of a battleship is showing above the Arkansas' forward turrets and the ship on the far left is actually 2 ships (3 masts) [the right hand of these 2 appears to be bow on to the camera sailing on a different bearing thus only one mast is showing].
Given the probable date of the photo, the flag on the foremast of Arkansas is probably that of R. Adm. Winslow, which would suggest that the right hand column is probably Battleship Division 1. The New York does appear in the photo as the second ship in the right hand column (second closest in the photo) note the 2 forward casemate guns (verses 1 on 12" gunned BB's) and the 2 gun main turrets.
Assuming the the right hand column is division 1, the next 2 ships in that column would be Utah (BB-31) and the Florida (BB-30) (both funnels are between the masts) and the last ship in line (the bow on ship) may be Delaware (BB-28).
Library of Congress photo # LC-DIG-hec-08103 courtesy of the Harris & Ewing Collection.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
Over There
1917 - 1919

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-33 Arkansas 382k A Enrique Muller photo on 1 January 1918 showing among other things; sailors on the stern aboard one of the small boats of the Arkansas (BB-33), possibly readying it in preparation for a trip ashore once the ship anchors. NARA FILE #: 165-WW-334A-7. Photo # HD-SN-99-02138 courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil, Defense Visual Information Center. Photo i.d. courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-30 Florida210kBunnell Photo Shop did some creative work showing the Arkansas (BB-33) as the center of a 1919 version of the Blue Angels. Image # LC-USZ62-19492 and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Atlantic Fleet58k"Armor piercing shells weighing half a ton or more apiece being loaded on an American Dreadnought that is preparing to sail for European waters."Photo by Central News Photo Service.
Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, Page 363 from The War of the Nations (New York), 31 December 1919, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
BB-28 Delaware199k This rare oil painting by American artist Burnell Poole, "The 6th Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet Leaving the Firth of Forth", is one of less than two dozen paintings owned by the Navy that depicts U.S. naval operations in World War One (WWI). After years of being considered a total loss by Navy Art Gallery curators it has been restored to near perfect condition. The entire process took several months, but the result is the total recovery of a painting that is sure to establish Burnell Poole's name among the best marine painters of the early 20th century.
The composition of the ships of the 6th Battle Squadron during their operational history, appearing in the painting in no particular order were: Delaware (BB-28), Florida (BB-30),Wyoming (BB-32), Arkansas (BB-33), New York (BB-34), Texas (BB-35), & Arizona (BB-39).
Photo and partial text courtesy of Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C., File photo # N-0000X-001.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 09 June 1918, Image 36, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-34 New York382k21 November 1918 - U.S. battleships witness surrender of German High Seas fleet at Rosyth, Firth of Forth, Scotland, to U.S. and British fleets.
New York (BB-34), Arkansas (BB-33), Delaware (BB-28), Texas (BB-35), Florida (BB-30), and Wyoming (BB-32).
Text & USN photo courtesy of Pacific Battleship Center - Battleship USS Iowa via Ron Reeves.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Andy McIntosh.
BB-32/33163kA British, German & American battleship, the Wyoming (BB-32) or Arkansas (BB-33), as seen from the Florida (BB-30) the day the German High Seas Fleet in the Firth of Forth, 21 November 1918.Courtesy of Larry Yungk.
BB-33 Arkansas200k Arkansas (BB-33), standing by with the rest of the U.S. Navy's Battleship Division Nine & as seen from the rear deck of the Florida (BB-30) at the Firth of Forth, Scotland, 1917-19. Note the blimps flying overhead.Courtesy of Larry Yungk.
BB-5 Kearsarge 298k Prior to World War I Admiral Louis Rodolph de Steiguer commanded the battleship Kearsarge (BB-5); in 1916. During World War I he served as chief of staff of the Third Naval District before reporting as captain of the battleship Arkansas (BB-33), which was stationed with the American dreadnought squadron operating with the British Grand Fleet. After the war, de Steiguer was Hydrographer of the Navy from July 1921 to December 1921. Promoted to rear admiral, he was commander of the First Naval District, including the Portsmouth Navy Yard, from June 1923 to 1925.
ADM Louis R. de Steiguer, Commander in Chief, Battle Fleet (far left); William Wallace Campbell, President, U.C. Berkeley; RADM Harris Laning, Chief of Staff, Battle Fleet; COL R.O. Van Horn, Army ROTC Unit; CAPT William D. Puleston, Asst Chief of Staff, Battle Fleet; CAPT Chester Nimitz, Naval ROTC Unit captured here during an Inspection visit to Naval ROTC Unit at U.C. Berkeley (1927).
Official USN photo from Naval Historical Collection via Bill Gonyo.
Sixth Battle Squadron72Battleships of the Sixth Battle Squadron (anchored in column in the left half of the photograph): included the
Florida (BB-30)
Utah (BB-31)
Wyoming (BB-32)
Arkansas (BB-33)
New York (BB-34)
Texas (BB-35)
Nevada (BB-36)
Oklahoma (BB-37)
Pennsylvania (BB-38)
& Arizona (BB-39) at one time or another.
There are only three of the battleships present in this photo at Brest, France, on 13 December 1918. George Washington (ID-3018), which had just carried President Woodrow Wilson from the United States to France, is in the right background. Photographed by Zimmer
USNHC # NH 63454.
De Steiguer 133k Capt. Louis Rudolph De Steiguer was the commanding officer of the battleship Arkansas (BB-33) in 1919. Official USN photo from Naval Historical Collection (Cropped) via Bill Gonyo.
New York Harbor69k"Bluejackets from the Arkansas (BB-33) swinging down Fifth Avenue. Boy Scouts meanwhile singing rollicking marching songs."Photo by Times Photo Service, text courtesy of N.Y. Times 5 January 1919, Page 6, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
BB-31 Utah74kUnderway, 1919.Photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Balko.
USN photo courtesy of Larry Bonn.
New York Harbor1.78k"American dreadnoughts & superdreadnoughts 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, page 481, from The War of the Nations (New York), 31 December 1919, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Text i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
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-33 Arkansas 513kCrewmen examining the silver service valued at $10,000 presented to the battleship by the State of Arkansas. Miss Daisy Dalony made the presentation on behalf of Arkansas Governor Brough, 23 April 1919.
This photograph shows, left to right, Neeley Burn and Eula Splvey with the D. A. R. and the Arkansas Traveler's trophy cups.
USNHC photo # NH 57686.
Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo & text by The North Platte semi-weekly Tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, 09 May 1919, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas 87k A young woman visitor sighting one of the Arkansas's (BB-33) 5"/51 guns, in New York Harbor, 23 April 1919. Note the small sub-caliber spotting rifle atop the gun barrel; splinter mattresses hung over the gun; and door with porthole in the lower right. In the background are Jouett (DD-41), at left, and Meredith (DD-165). USNHC photo # NH 46317.
BB-33 Arkansas146kMascots of the Arkansas (BB-33) now at anchor in the Hudson River. A tame monkey, parrot & goat, pets of the great ship's crew. Photo by Underwood & Underwood.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 28 June 1919, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Mascot PDF Image and text provided by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Photo from The Beaver Herald. (Beaver, O.T. [Okla.]) 1895-1923, 25 May 1911, Image 6.
BB-33 Arkansas540kRanking Officer of Navy and Wife, Who Crossed Ocean on Battleship
Mrs. Benson First Woman to Make Transatlantic Trip on U. S. Warship
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, 20 June 1919, Final Edition, Image 12, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas 74k In the middle chambers of the Gatun Locks, Panama Canal, on 25 July 1919 while en route to the Pacific. Texas (BB-35) is at right. USNHC photo # 19-NH 57682.
 Pacifc Fleet53k"The Arkansas (BB-33) being raised in the Upper West chamber of the Gatun Locks to the level of the Canal water beyond."Times World Wide Photo, text courtesy of N.Y. Times 17 August 1919, Page 2, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
 Pacifc Fleet105k"The U.S. Dreadnought Arkansas (BB-33) of Admiral Rodman's newly formed Pacific Fleet, welcomed by a Curtiss HS-2 seaplane, Bureau Number -- 1839 at Colon, Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal."U.S. Naval Air Service Photo, text courtesy of N.Y. Times 10 August 1919, Page 1, courtesy of memory.loc.gov. & roynagl.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn & Alan Sherman.
Almost Unknown901kSTRANGE MASCOTS OF THE FLEET
Coxswain Caulkett and his goat mascot Shooter, on board the Kentucky (BB-6). Redhead and 14 Bore, parrot mascots belonging to C. B. M. Rolenhagen and Coxswain Curtis of the New Jersey (BB-16). Goat mascots Caliber and Anchor of the Wyoming (BB-33). Boatswain's Mate B. P. Holloway and a close-up of Frisky, the Panama sugar bear mascot of the battleship Alabama (BB-8). Seaman Du Bois and his Panama squirrel Creeper aboard the Maryland (BB-46).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 07 September 1919, Image 80, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
1920 - 1927
BB-33 Arkansas 310k Arkansas (BB-33) underway in 1920. Digital ID: # cph 3b38472. LC-USZ62-92151. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-35 Texas578kMan O War Row, Texas (BB-35), Arkansas (BB-33), Wyoming (BB-32) & New York (BB-34) at anchor, San Francisco harbor, Xmas 1920. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Almost Unknown766kHOW THEY WOULD SCRAP 'EM
If battleships are scrapped under the Hughes proposal, this is how it will be done. The Arkansas (BB-33) is partially dismantled while being overhauled at Philadelphia. To scrap the ship the dismantling process would be continued. (Note the photo is upside down!)
Image and text provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ.
Photo from Arizona Republican. (Phoenix, Ariz.) 1890-1930, 16 December 1921, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown652kTwo Battleships and Flock of Destroyers Give Color and Life to the Hudson River
Two battleships of the North Atlantic Fleet are at anchor off 96th Street in the Hudson River. They are the Arkansas (BB-33) and Wyoming (BB-32).
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, 01 August 1922, Wall Street Final Edition, Image 18, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-33 Arkansas 91k Fifty miles east of Cape Henry off the Virginia coast, an aerial armada of twenty planes in all released torpedoes (minus the warhead) at part of the Atlantic Fleet on October 1922. Many hits scored! The wake can be seen leading to the port side as aircraft flies overhead. The aircraft appearing above the Arkansas might be a PN-9. An air operated catapult can be seen on the fantail. USNI / USN photo.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Evening Public Ledger of Philadelphia Pa. 2 October 1922.
BB-33 Arkansas 121k Early 1920's photo of the Arkansas (BB-33) conducting torpedo practice. Inscription on back of photo, "A hit by Lieut. Gray, first torpedo dropped in attack."
It is possible that the aircraft is a Douglas DT bomber.
USNI / USN photo.
BB-33 Arkansas430kArkansas (BB-33) in dry dock # 4 Brooklyn Navy Yard, portside view looking aft 6 May 1923. Photo No. f1050c7, Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive - courtesy National Archive and Records Administration, Northeast Region - NYC, Record Group 181 via flickr.com.
BB-32/33106kThe Henderson (AP-1), photographed from an aircraft while flying the flag of Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby and returning a gun salute in the early 1920s. Wyoming (BB-32) or Arkansas (BB-33) is in the background, with crew manning the rails. USNHC photo # NH 53241.
BB-33 Arkansas401kThe Arkansas (BB-33) at anchor circa early 1920's.
The difference between the Wyoming (BB-32) & Arkansas is shown by the hull area around the anchors. This difference distinguished the two for their entire careers.
USN photo courtesy of Jim Millholland via Alan Cole.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Richard Jensen.
BB-33 Arkansas 73k Arkansas (BB-33) underway, port side view. Before modernization. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-33 Arkansas 97k Arkansas (BB-33) after WWI modifications, early 1920's. Forward casemates are plated over and mast tops were modified to the standard October agonal form. They controlled the searchlights and were for torpedo defense (spotting). The main mast top is a bit lower than the foremast to help keep it out of funnel smoke at battle speeds. USNHC photo # NH 64508.
BB-33 Arkansas 140k Stern view taken at the same time as #6 photo. Shows plated over 5" gun position at the sterns end. Turrets #3 and #5 have a pair of 3" A.A. guns mounted on their tops as well as range finders, giving a cluttered appearance. Two more pairs of 3"ers are mounted on her crane derrick tops and a fourth (not easily seen here) is located abreast #5 turret barbette. USN photo.
Arkansas class70k Sharkey (DD-281) in harbor, during the 1920s. Note the recessed anchor housing fitted to her bow and signal flags flying from her foremast. Wyoming (BB-32) or Arkansas (BB-33) is in the background.USNHC # 67903. Photo i.d. courtesy of Phil Lucy.
BB-33 Arkansas86k Arkansas (BB-33) circa 1920s.Photo USNHC # NH 69504, now in the collections of the National Archives, courtesy of J.L. Aguillard.
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."
Ridley McLean 169k Captain Ridley McLean was the Commanding Officer of the battleship Arkansas (BB-33) from June 1922 to April 1924. Photo from the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-33 Arkansas 110k Upon completion of the 1925 midshipman cruise, Arkansas (BB-33) entered the Philadelphia Navy Yard for modernization. She is shown here with all her guns trained to port, taken in February 1926, before any modification had taken place. USN photo.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-33 Arkansas 102k The Arkansas (BB-33) in the Philadelphia Navy Yard for modernization, still largely unaltered except for the after mast, in dry dock in October 1926. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
BB-33 Arkansas 82k Arkansas (BB-33) passing under the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia, Pa. Arkansas left the Philadelphia Navy Yard in November 1926 and, after a shake-down cruise along the eastern seaboard and to Cuban waters, returned to Philadelphia to run acceptance trials. She had entered the Philadelphia Navy Yard for modernization. Her coal-burning boilers were replaced with oil-fired ones. Additional deck armor was installed, a single stack was substituted for the original pair, and the after cage mast was replaced by a low tripod. USNI / USN photo. Photo i.d. courtesy of Charlie Gonce.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-33 Arkansas 246k Arkansas (BB-33) during the Presidental review in Hamption Roads. The Presidental review was on 4 June 1927. Courtesy Navy Recruiting Bureau, New York. Submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
1928 - Pre Pearl Harbor Attack
BB-33 Arkansas 52k In May 1928, Arkansas (BB-33) again embarked midshipmen for their practice cruise along the eastern seaboard and down into Cuban waters. USN photo courtesy of Joseph Sandling via Fred Willshaw.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-33 Arkansas 59k Arkansas (BB-33) underway with other battleships of the Atlantic fleet, mid - late 1920s or early 1930s, following modernization. From the collection of Gerald M. Charpentier of New Orleans and L.A. Donated by his niece, Elaine C. Witty. Courtesy of Lawrence Bohn.
BB-33 Arkansas 59k Arkansas (BB-33) during the mid - late 1920s or early 1930s, following modernization. USNI photo.
Battlefleet122kWatercolor of a Presidential review during President Hoover's term of office, 1928-32.
Crews line the rails of a Colorado class (BB-45 / 48) battleship as the ships pass in line astern of the reviewing stand with the airship Los Angeles (ZR-3) piercing the clouds accompanied by 9 biplanes.
Courtesy of Michael Schwarz.
Battlefleet56kView of the U.S. Battlefleet from above, possibly from the airship Los Angeles (ZR-3). Photo courtesy of periscopefilm.com.
BB-33 Arkansas 48k Photographed during the late 1920s or early 1930s, following modernization. USNHC photo # NH 61322.
BB-33 Arkansas 69k Arkansas (BB-33) towing battle raft during target practice circa 1928-29. Note range device in front of crewman sitting on top of turret # 5. USN photo courtesy of Joseph Sandling via Fred Willshaw.
BB-33 140k Looking from the German battleship Schleswig Holstein on Arkansas (BB-33) arriving in Kiel, Germany. Note German sailors standing at attention, 5 July 1930. USN Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 87k Officers and Crew of the Arkansas (BB-33), circa 1931. The CO was CAPT G. B. Lancenberger, USN. The photo might be in Phila. Pa., where she was from 20 October 1931 through early 1932. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-33 Arkansas993k In October Arkansas (BB-33) participated in the Yorktown Sesquicentennial celebrations, embarking President Herbert Hoover and his party on 17 October and taking them to the exposition. She later transported the Chief Executive and his party back to Annapolis on 19 and 20 October.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum.
Note; High-resolution scans can be ordered from the site.
BB-33 Arkansas 132k The rebuilt Arkansas (BB-33) is shown in October 1931. Note her three turret-top range finders, two of which survived to the end of her career. Her one cage mast carried a main battery fire control station at its head, with an antiaircraft control station inside the mast atop the torpedo defense station (5-inch fire control). A flag plotting room occupied the base of the cage mast.
The structure abaft the funnel was the after control station, with a range finder atop it, the structure on the mainmast carrying controls for the searchlight above it. The Arkansas was the last reconstructed battleship to retain her cage mast, and by 1941 replacement by a tripod (for a configuration similar to that of New York (BB-34) was planned.)
Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-33 Arkansas 91k Cropped, close up of the Arkansas (BB-33) passing through Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal in the early 1930's. USNI / USN photo.
BB-33 Arkansas 70k Uncropped photo of the Arkansas (BB-33) passing through Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal in the early 1930's showing the tracks of the accompanying trolleys as the ship passes through the stages of the locks. USNI / USN photo.
BB-33 Arkansas 107k Late 1930s photo of the Arkansas (BB-33) moored at Casco, Maine showing her aft 12" turrets and turret mounted panes and catapults amidships. USN photo.
BB-33 Arkansas 141k Overhead view of the Arkansas (BB-33) in a 1930's photo clearly shows her cage foremast, turret placement, and scout planes. The Arkansas was the last battleship to mount 12" guns. USN photo.
BB-33 Arkansas 563k At anchor, 1930's. Photo courtesy of Thomas Becher.
BB-33 Arkansas 108k A reserve cruise detachment on the Arkansas (BB-33) in 1935 poses for a photo at the Boston Naval Yard (Charlestown, MA) 5th Division Naval Reserves. The photo was taken sometime between 28 September to 11 October 1935. The reserve cruise that year sailed from Charlestown, MA to Charleston, S.C.
Ed Cokely is the fifth from the left in the middle row of sailors.
Photo from the collection of Edmund Cokely, WO2 USN, Retired & submitted by John Dupre.
BB-33 Arkansas 185k In January 1936, Arkansas (BB-33) participated in Fleet Landing Exercise No. 2 at Culebra, and then visited New Orleans for the Mardi Gras festivities before she returned to Norfolk for a navy yard overhaul which lasted through the spring of 1936. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-33 Arkansas 177k Arkansas (BB-33) as she appeared in 1937, when she made a midshipman practice cruise to European waters, visiting ports in Germany and England, before she returned to the east coast of the United States for local operations out of Norfolk. During the latter part of the year, the ship also ranged from Philadelphia and Boston to St., Thomas, Virgin Islands, and Cuban waters. USN photo.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-33 Arkansas 88k Arkansas (BB-33) as she enters the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal, Kiel, Germany, 6 June 1937, during a midshipman training cruise. Text from U.S Naval Historical Centre Photo # NH 57691.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Kiel, Germany448kDawn in the harbor of Kiel, Germany. Left to right - training ships Gorch Fock and Horst Wessel, [Now USCGC Eagle], New York (BB-34), Wyoming (BB-32) and Arkansas (BB-33). USNIP., January 1938. USNI Photo Navy Recruiting Bureau, N.Y.
Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 53k Commander John L. Hall, Jr. achieved the rank of Captain in July 1940 and was given command of the old battleship Arkansas (BB-33). This was followed by staff duty with elements of the Atlantic Fleet.
He is pictured here in a portrait photograph, taken circa 1942-1945. as a Rear Admiral.
Official USN photo # 80-G-302404, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-33 Arkansas 178k Arkansas (BB-33) & Texas (BB-35) sail in tandem. Arkansas departed Norfolk on 11 January 1940, in company with Texas and New York, and proceeded thence to Guantanamo Bay for fleet exercises.
The easiest feature for distinguishing the Texas from the New York is the size of the navigation bridge which is located in the foremast one platform level above the roof of the conning tower. The bridge of the New York is short and extends only to the aft edge of the conning tower. The Texas' bridge extends to the forward edge of the conning tower with a single stanchion supporting its forward edge. These enclosed navigation bridges were added in 1917 at the "suggestion" of the Royal Navy who expressed the opinion that the open deck bridges found on American warships would be ill-suited for sailing in the North Sea or North Atlantic - they were right.
USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
BB-33 Arkansas 53k Arkansas (BB-33) in New York in August, 1940. Official USN photo now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-33 Arkansas 120k "Spinning a Yarn" in the casemate of 5"/51 Gun Number Eleven of Arkansas (BB-33) on 27 October 1940. The men are (from left to right): Gunner's Mate Second Class N.I. Fewell; Boatswain's Mate First Class R.D. Dennies; Coxwain G.E. Lehto and Gunner's Mate First Class W.A. Crook. Official USN photo # NH 101674, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-33 Arkansas 916k Broadside view of the Arkansas (BB-33), possibly in this circa or later. USN photo # N-1152, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-33 Arkansas 79k Church service on the after deck of HMS Prince of Wales, in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, during the Atlantic Charter Conference, 10-12 August 1941. Seated in the center are President Franklin D. Roosevelt (left) and Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Standing behind them are Admiral Ernest J. King, USN (between Roosevelt and Churchill); General George C. Marshall, U.S. Army; General Sir John Dill, British Army; Admiral Harold R. Stark, USN; and Admiral Sir Dudley Pound, RN. Arkansas (BB-33) is in the center distance. USNHC photo # NH 67208. Donation of Vice Admiral Harry Sanders, USN(Retired), 1969.
BB-33 Arkansas 289k Church service on the after deck of HMS Prince of Wales, in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, during the Atlantic Charter Conference, 10-12 August 1941. Seated in the center are President Franklin D. Roosevelt (left) and Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The Arkansas (BB-33) is in the center distance. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 413k Signature of President Roosevelt and Mr.Churchill on card signed at Placentia Bay. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 194k Arkansas (BB-33) anchored in a port, possibly circa 1941. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-33 Arkansas 369k Bow view,looking aft at mast and splinter protection. Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 13 May 1941. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 1794(41).
BB-33 Arkansas 245k View of mast and splinter protection. Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 13 May 1941. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 244k View of mast and splinter protection. Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 13 May 1941. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 1795(41).
BB-33 Arkansas 872k Good view of the concentration dial from a top down perspective, view of mast and splinter protection. Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 13 May 1941. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 393k View of mast and splinter protection. Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 13 May 1941. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 1797(41).
BB-33 Arkansas 416k View of mast and splinter protection. Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 13 May 1941. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 406k View of mast and splinter protection. Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 13 May 1941. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 1798(41).
BB-33 Arkansas 1.32k Arkansas (BB-33) with bleak mountain scenery, September 1941. USN photo # 80G-238521 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
WW II
BB-33 Arkansas 89k Arkansas (BB-33) anchored off Portland, Maine, in February 1942, shortly before the overhaul that replaced her "basket" foremast with a tripod. Photographed from Wasp (CV-7). Official USN photo # 80-G-464618, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-33 Arkansas 443k A Shore Patrol detail gathers at the foot of the Arkansas's (BB-33) gangway in this photo of a plan view port side, looking aft, showing alterations. Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 24 June 1942.
Note the Gulf oil tank farm in the background.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 3279(42).
BB-33 Arkansas 500k Plan view, Fwd., looking aft.with an open bridge and forward tripod mast. This refit was basically limited to the bridge structure alteration. Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth,VA. 26 June 1942. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 3276(42).
BB-33 Arkansas 801k Looking out at Building 171 (Machine Shop). View from after mast looking Fwd. Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth,VA. 26 June 1942. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 3277(42).
BB-33 Arkansas 294k View from bow, looking aft. Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth,VA. 26 June 1942. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 3278(42).
BB-33 Arkansas 478k A sailor catches a nap on a wooden crate in the hot summer sun in this view looking aft from top of after mast. Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 26 June 1942. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 3280(42).
BB-33 Arkansas 158k Port bow view of the Arkansas (BB-33) at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 27 June 1942. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 250k Close-up view, port side of the Arkansas (BB-33) at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 27 June 1942. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 3269(42).
BB-33 Arkansas 255k Bow on view of the Arkansas (BB-33), 27 June 1942. USN photo courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
BB-33 Arkansas 329k Stern view of the Arkansas (BB-33). USN photo courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
BB-33 Arkansas 1.32k Arkansas (BB-33) escorting a troopship convoy to Great Britain on 6 October 1942. Source: "The media for this item are free to reuse for non-commercial purposes under the IWM Non Commercial Licence. Video, sound and images can be embedded with the code we offer here, and images can also be downloaded. By downloading any images or embedding any media, you agree to the terms and conditions of the IWM Non Commercial Licence, including your use of the attribution statement specified by IWM.
Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official collection by Beadell S.J. (Lt), Photo No. IWM (A 12459) courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-33 Arkansas 354k View from bow, looking aft. Alts #1 & 5- 20mm guns and Fnds, added. Splintershields extended. #2- Mk.45 Director added. #3&4- Mushroom Ventilators. Navy Yard, N.Y. 30 October 1942. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 269k No Smoking sign appears to the left of the gun mount on the Arkansas's (BB-33) port side, Main Deck, looking Fwd., showing alterations.(20mm Gun, Fdn.& splinter shield, MK.48 & Mk.51 Director at the Navy Yard, N.Y. 30 October 1942. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 222k Paint brushes soaking in turpentine in a 5 gallon paint can appear in this Stb.Deck view, looking Fwd.
Alterations: 1.1-Inch, Fdn., bulwark stowage inside of shield, mushroom vent. director, 20mm gun, shield & fdn. Navy Yard, N.Y. October 1942.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 185k View showing alterations. Navy Yard, N.Y. 30 October 1942. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 273k The deck is clear of paint droppings from the 5 gallon oil based paint that lies in this stern view of the Arkansas (BB-33) looking Fwd., showing the relocated 20mm R.S.Lockers at the N.Y. Navy Yard on 30 October, 1942. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 203k Stb.side, Main Deck, looking Fwd.showing alterations.( roller chocks, splinter shields for 20MM and 1.1-Inch Mount and R.S.Lockers) Navy Yard, N.Y. 1 January 1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 249k Stb.side, Main Deck, looking aft, showing alterations, 1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 241k Bow view, looking aft, showing alterations. Navy Yard, N.Y. 1 January 1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 3278(42).
BB-33 Arkansas 221k Triple life rafts covered by a tarp appear aboard the Arkansas (BB-33) at the N.Y. Navy Yard in January 1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 154k Forward view of the Arkansas (BB-33) at the N.Y. Navy Yard on 1 January 1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 92k Overhead starboard stern view of the Arkansas (BB-33) on 2 January 1943. The ship is bound for on Chesapeake Bay for gunnery drills, returning to New York on January 30th to begin preparation for another transatlantic trip to and from Casablanca. Photo & text from the Division of Naval Intelligence, Identification and Characteristics Section, as published in June, 1943, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-33 Arkansas 89k Arkansas (BB-33) is pictured here as she sailed to Chesapeake Bay for gunnery drills on 2 January 1943. USN photo.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-33 Arkansas 74k Captain Bryant went to the battleship Arkansas (BB-33) and commanded her during two eventful years of rising tension and war in the Atlantic. After achieving Flag Rank, in May 1943 Rear Admiral Bryant was given command of an Atlantic Fleet battleship division. His force provided effective gunfire support during the June 1944 Normandy Operation and the invasion of Southern France two months later. From October 1944 until the beginning of 1946, he was Commander, Fleet Operations Training Command, Atlantic Fleet. Elevated to the rank of Vice Admiral when he retired in May 1946, Carleton F. Bryant died at Camden, Maine, on 11 April 1987.
Rear Admiral Carlton F. Bryant, USN, Portrait photograph, dated December 1950 but probably taken circa 1945.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 51564 submitted via Bill Gonyo.
BB-33 Arkansas 384k Arkansas (BB-33) at the Navy Yard, N.Y. in May, 1943. Note the new Quad.40MM and the new 3-Inch mount.
See expanded text on next photo below.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
3-Inch mount 135k Note the considerable trunnion height, about 66 inches and the cut away rear to allow for extreme elevation (90 degrees).
On the Upper Deck the gun was capable of training wherever the superstructure did not interfere and it could be fired at all angles of train.
The carriage forming the greater part of this mount rested over a low cylindrical stand, bolted to a foundation plate in deck and was supported by two ball bearings,designed to reduce friction, an inner - and an outer ball bearing.
The inner bearing took the compression, load, weight and vertical downward trust of recoil when the gun was fired.
The outer bearing held the carriage on the stand and took the tension, due to the roll of the ship and to upward thrust of recoil when the gun was fired at low angles of elevation.
A training worm, meshed with the training circle, was connected by a shaft and gearing with the trainer's two-hand drive at the right of the gun.
On the left side was the pointer's two-hand drive that actuated a pinion meshing with the elevating arc.
At the top of the carriage were the trunnion seats in which the trunnions rested. The latter formed part of the slide through which the gun slides recoiled and counter-recoiled.
Text from A Textbook, prepared for the use of Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy by Officers of the United States Navy. The US Naval Institute, Annapolis, MD., 1939).
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels taken from "Naval Ordnance".
BB-33 Arkansas 231k Stb.side, Main Deck, looking aft, showing alterations at the N.Y. Navy Yard on 25 May, 1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 313k A slight breeze blows the clouds of smoke from the factory through the air and ruffles Arkansas's (BB-33) signal flags and Old Glory in this view at the N.Y. Navy Yard on 25 May 1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 402k View from after mast, looking Fwd.Navy Yard, N.Y. 25 May 1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 3280(42).
BB-33 Arkansas 204k Plan view, looking towards bow, showing alterations. #1-Bucket type ventilators. Navy Yard, N.Y. 25 May 1943. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 98k View of the Arkansas (BB-33) looking out to her stern top catapult, 25 May 1943. USN photo courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
BB-33 Arkansas 379k View of the secondary armament aboard the Arkansas (BB-33), 25 May 1943. USN photo courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
BB-33 Arkansas 36k Arkansas (BB-33) class line drawing, 11/43. Courtesy of Joe Radigan.
BB-33 Arkansas 609k Arkansas (BB-33) after her alterations. National Archives photo courtesy of William Clarke and atlanticfleetsales.smugmug.com
BB-33 Arkansas 76k Arkansas (BB-33), in March 1944 wearing Measure 22 camoflauge. Courtesy of Joe Radigan from the Imperial War Museum, photo # A21867.
BB-33 Arkansas 114k Underway off the U.S. east coast, 11 April 1944. Photographed from a blimp of squadron ZP-11. Official USN photo # 80-G-229753, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-33 Arkansas 30k "Opening the Attack", a watercolor, by Dwight C. Shepler, June 1944. Day morning broke over the Normandy coast to find the elderly Arkansas (BB-33), matriarch of the battle fleet, conscientiously banging away at the beachhead with her main battery guns. To seaward, the French cruisers George Leygues and Montcalm, flying extremely large battle flags, sent shells hurtling into their captive homeland. Assault waves of landing craft streamed toward the beaches while attack transports filled the horizon. This was the way the "Arkie" was seen through binoculars from the bridge of Emmons (DD-457) at a bombardment station farther inshore. Dwight C. Shepler
#149 Watercolor, June 1944.
National Archives # 88-199-EW.
BB-33 Arkansas 259k Arkansas (BB-33) bombarding German positions on 6 June 1944 off Omaha Beach. LCT-763 is carrying troops ashore. Note that the wartime sensor has erased the radar and electronics atop the Arkansas's foremast. Source: Australian War Memorial, Photo No. P02018.287 courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-33 Arkansas 96kArkansas (BB-33) fires her 12-inch guns at German positions, while supporting the Omaha Beach landings, 6 June 1944. Official USN photo # 80-G-231250, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-33 Arkansas 173k American battleship Arkansas (BB-33) firing its big guns while shelling the beaches of Normandy during the Allied invasion of France, aka D-Day. Photographer: Frank Scherschel, courtesy of Life.
BB-33 Arkansas 29k On board Arkansas (BB-33) ready for action not far off Omaha Beach, June 1944, the message reads loud and clear! Photo & text from the collection of STRICTLY-G.I., courtesy of users.skynet.be.
BB-33 Arkansas 711k LCVP alongside the battleship Arkansas (BB-33) transfers wounded men for medical treatment. Normandy, France, 1944. USN photo from Navy Medicine # 09-7912-22 from flickr.com via Robert Hurst.
BB-33 Arkansas 114k Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for a camouflage scheme Measure 31a, Design 7B intended for the battleship Arkansas (BB-33). This plan, approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN, is dated 11 October 1944. It shows the ship's starboard side, exposed decks and the superstructure ends. Arkansas was photographed in this pattern in November 1944. Photograph # 19-N-73635, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-33 Arkansas 94k Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for a camouflage scheme Measure 31a, Design 7B intended for the battleship Arkansas (BB-33). This plan, approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN, is dated 11 October 1944. It shows the ship's port side. Arkansas was photographed in this pattern in November 1944. Photograph # 19-N-73634, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-33 Arkansas 47k Arkansas (BB-33) off the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 5 November 1944. She is painted in camouflage Measure 31a, Design 7B. Photograph # 19-N-74310, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-33 Arkansas 127k Captain Wade DeWeese was the commanding officer of the battleship Arkansas (BB-33) in 1945. USN photograph courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-33 Arkansas 964k Arkansas (BB-33) anchored at San Pedro wearing measure 21 camouflage. Photo of the ship after her final wartime refit on 1 January 1945. The bridge was cut down and 40 and 20mm guns were added at that time for improved anti-aircraft defense. USN photo.
BB-33 Arkansas 83k Anchored in San Pedro harbor, California, on 1 January 1945. A tanker and a Navy attack transport (APA) are in the background. USNHC photo # 19-N-77075.
BB-33 Arkansas 100k A line drawing by A.L. Raven of the Arkansas (BB-33) in 1945. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-33 Arkansas 67k Arkansas (BB-33) inboard profile, 1945. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
Post War Target Ship
BB-33 Arkansas 224k Overhead port view of the Arkansas (BB-33) underway in early 1945 preparing to sail to Ulithi Atoll. Source: Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 302542 courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-33 2.42k Broadside view of the Arkansas (BB-33), July 1945. Photo courtesy of Joe MacDonald.
BB-33 & 64 191k Arkansas (BB-33) & Wisconsin (BB-64) moored together. It looks like it is at Pearl Harbor, which if so, the only time the two ships were together at Pearl was in early October 1945 as they both were returning to the States at wars end.
Both ships were part of the "Magic Carpet" operation staged to bring soldiers, sailors, and marines home from the far-flung battlefronts of the Pacific. Departing Okinawa on 23 September, Wisconsin reached Pearl Harbor on 4 October remaining there for five days before she pushed on for the west coast on the last leg of her state-side bound voyage. Arkansas made four such trips.
USN Photo # 99599 courtesy of David Buell.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-33 Arkansas 80k Anchored in Navy Base, Seattle, October 1945. Photo courtesy of Seattle NARA, submitted by Tracy White @ researcheratlarge.com
BB-33 Arkansas 1.80k Post war crew photo of the Arkansas (BB-33), 15 November 1945. Photo courtesy of Doyle Counts via Robert Counts.
BB-33 Arkansas 45k The Arkansas (BB-33) is in the left hand corner of this photo with other test ships at the Bikini Bomb Test, 1946. I believe the New York (BB-34) is in the center, and the Pennsylvania (BB-38) is to her immediate right. Courtesy of submarinesailor.com.
Operation Crossroads 127k Arkansas (BB-33) in lower left rim of the Atomic blast, meets her fate in "Operation Crossroads", June 1946. A 21 kiloton underwater nuclear weapons effects test, (Event Baker) conducted at Bikini Atoll (1946). Official USN photo courtesy of dtra.mil.
BB-33 1.40k The Baker explosion, part of "Operation Crossroads" at Bikini Atoll, Micronesia on 25 July 1946. USN Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 3.42k Arkansas (BB-33) in July 1946 showing the damage from the first Bikini bomb test. Photo courtesy of Joe MacDonald.
BB-33 Arkansas 715k Gone in a blinding atomic fury, the old Arkansas (BB-33). Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Bikini 1.00k The underwater test at Bikini shows its terrific power amid the anchored vessels, made bare seconds after its release. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-33 Arkansas 45k "Battleship Arkansas (BB-33)" by Arthur Beaumont, 25 July 1946, During Atomic Bomb Test BAKER Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, the Arkansas and numerous other Pacific Fleet expendables were used for experimental bomb blast reactions. It is here that the Arkansas, which received four battle stars for her World War II service, met her end.
A view of Arkansas following test ABLE. As can be seen in this watercolor, the battleship suffered considerable damage to the masts and deck from this atmospheric detonation. She did not survive the second test, falling victim to underwater damage after the BAKER detonation. See ARKANSAS-Bikini Able and Baker Test Underwater Images.
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Arthur Beaumont # 8 Watercolor, 1946.
Gift of the artist
USNHC # 88-169-H
BB-33 Arkansas 27k "Battleship Arkansas (BB-33) Being Tossed in Giant Pillar", by Grant Powers. Unlike ABLE's atmospheric explosion, BAKER's detonation started with a spray dome that appeared at the underwater site. Owing to the denser nature of water, which quickly cooled the explosion, the initial fireball did not grow as large as ABLE's. The spray dome broke the surface near Arkansas and she sank quite suddenly. See ARKANSAS-Bikini Able and Baker Test Underwater Images.
Grant Powers # 4 Watercolor, 1946.
USNHC # 88-181-D
BB-33 Arkansas 47k One of the Arkansas' (BB-33) 21 x 5"/51 guns lying in 175 feet of water. Photo courtesy of seawolfproductions.com.
BB-33 Arkansas 283k One of the Arkansas' (BB-33) 5"/51 portside guns. guns lying in 180 feet (55 metres) beneath the waves at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. Photo courtesy Larry Murphy, National Park Service.Lost Warships: An Archaeological Tour of War at Sea by James P Delgado via Robert Hurst.
(NISMF)376kA 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.
World War II Memorial371k A quote made by Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz is inscribed on a granite wall at the National World War II Memorial located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Fleet Adm. Nimitz was the United States signatory to the surrender terms aboard the battleship Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, Japan on 2 September 1945, thus ending World War II. Established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, the memorial honors all military veterans of World War II, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms. On 29 May 2004, the memorial was formally dedicated with an estimated 200,000 people expected to attend, and includes 100,000 visiting veterans of all wars. USN photo # N-0295M-011 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain, courtesy of news.navy.mil.

Additional Arkansas Images
1 General View Of Arkansas From The Library Of Congress Server.

USS ARKANSAS BB-33 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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Additional Resources
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U.S.S. ARKANSAS-Bikini Able and Baker Test Underwater Images.

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