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BB-34 USS NEW YORK
Post War - Sinking

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Delta - Tango

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New York Class Battleship: Displacement 27,000 Tons, Dimensions, 573' (oa) x 95' 3" x 29' 7" (Max). Armament 10x 14"/45 21 x 5"/51, 56 x 4 x 21" tt. Armor, 12" Belt, 14" Turrets, 3" Decks, 12" Conning Tower. Machinery, 28,100 IHP; Vertical, triple expansion engines, 2 screws
Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1052.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Naval Ship Yard, September 11, 1911. Launched October 30, 1912. Commissioned April 15, 1914. Decommissioned August 29, 1946. Stricken July 13, 1948.
Fate: Target During Atomic Bomb Tests, Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. Sunk, 40 miles off Oahu, July 8, 1948, by Naval Gunfire and Aircraft.
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BB-34 New York83kArriving off New York City to take part in Navy Day celebrations, circa 19 October 1945.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-14562, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-34 New York84kDetail from a panoramic view of the US fleet under review by President Harry S Truman, New York City, 27 October 1945. This segment includes the battleship New York (BB-34) (left) and cruiser Helena (CA-75) (right).Photo & text courtesy of William T. Barr via Joel Shepherd & cv6.org, submitted by Mike Green.
BB-34 New York30k Starboard view, towards stern. Circa late 1945.USN / Joe Radigan.
BB-34 New York65kAnchored in New York Harbor, circa late 1945 or early 1946.USNHC photo # NH 105564, from the collection of Warren Beltramini, donated by Beryl Beltamini, 2007.
BB-34 New York249kView from mast. February, 1946 at New York. New York (BB-34) had arrived there on 19 October. Here she prepared to serve as target ship in operation "Crossroads," the Bikini atomic tests, sailing 4 March 1946 for the West Coast. U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 382-46-1. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-34 New York256kView from foremast, port side, looking Fwd. February, 1946.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 382-46-2.
BB-34 New York320k View from mast, port side, looking aft. February, 1946.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 382-46-3.
BB-34 New York267k View from foremast, Stb.side, looking aft. February, 1946.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 382-46-4.
BB-34 New York320k View from mainmast, looking Fwd., in Measure 21, Navy Blue and Deck Blue. Note the SC-1 floatplanes and the big SK air search set with SG surface search on a topmast. February, 1946.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 382-46-5.
BB-34 New York217kView from mainmast, looking forward. Feb., 1946. Note the 35-foot motor boat nested inside the 40-foot utility boat, the 26-foot motor whale boat to starboard. U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 382-46-7.
BB-34 New York347k N.Y.Navy Yard, 1946. U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-34 New York191kView from mainmast, looking aft., showing the now removed A.A.guns and splintershields. Only a few liferafts remain reflecting the postwar reduced crew. Feb., 1946.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels. Photo Serial # 382-46-8.
BB-34 New York45kPhoto taken on 4 March 1946, while moored off Philadelphia Navy Yard.USN photo.
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.
BB-38 Pennsylvania81kBikini Bomb Test, 1946. New York (BB-34) is in the center & Pennsylvania (BB-38) is to the right. USN Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Bikini 1.0mk The underwater test at Bikini shows its terric power amid the anchored vessels, made bare seconds after its release. Photo courtesy of courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-34 New York73kThe Fleet Ocean Tug Achomawi (ATF-148) washing down New York (BB-34) at Bikini Atoll in July 1946 after one of the two atomic bomb tests the old battleship endured.Photo & text courtesy of Alan Owens via Gary Priolo. Photo added 09/24/08.
BB-34 New York95k New York (BB-34) is shown here being flushed with an anti-radiation bath after being used as a target at Bikini Atoll.USNI / USN photo.
BB-34 New York80k New York (BB-34) is shown here on 15 August 1946 at Pearl Harbor after she had been towed back from Bikini.
Photo taken from the Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) as Sumner was returning from Operation Crossroads.
Copy by Arne Schumacher.
BB-34 New York82k New York (BB-34) is shown here on 15 August 1946 at Pearl Harbor after she had been towed back from Bikini.
Photo taken from the Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) as Sumner was returning from Operation Crossroads.
Copy by Arne Schumacher.
BB-34 New York112k New York (BB-34) is towed from Pearl Harbor to be sunk as a target, 6 July 1948. Conserver (ARS-39), at left, is the main towing ship, assisted by two harbor tugs on New York's port side. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-498120, now in the collections of the National Archives,
BB-34 New York145kToo radioactive for scrapping or a memorial in her home state, the ship was sunk as a target on 8, July 1948 off Hawaii. She is shown here bottom up in her final moments.USN photo.
(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 Dec 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 Sept. 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 will be formally dedicated with an estimated 200,000 people expected to attend, and includes 100,000 visiting veterans of all wars. U.S. Navy photo # N-0295M-011 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-34 New York145kCommemorative postal cover on the occassion of New York's (BB-34) 90th anniversary, 15 April 2004.Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.

USS NEW YORK BB-34 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Kenneth C Sparks
Address: 4747 Ormonde Dr Cazenovia, NY, 13035-9348
Phone: 315-655-3842
E-mail: kenbarbcaz@usadatanet.net



Note About Contacts.

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