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BB-36 USS NEVADA
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Nevada Class Battleship: Displacement 27,500 Tons, Dimensions, 583' (oa) x 95' 3" x 29' 7" (Max). Armament 10 x 14"/45 21 x 5"/51, 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Triple Turrets, 16" Dual turrets, 3" Second (armor) Deck, 2 1/2" Third (splinter) Deck 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws. Speed, 20.5 Knots, Crew 864.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Fore River, Shipbuilding, Quincy, MA., November 4, 1912. Launched July 11, 1914. Commissioned March 11, 1916. Decommissioned August 29, 1946. Stricken August 12, 1948.
Fate: Target During Atomic Bomb Tests, Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. Sunk, off Oahu, July 31 1948, by Gunfire from Iowa BB-61 and 3 Heavy Cruisers.
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Proposed B.S. #36269k"Proposed B.S. #36".
Preliminary design plan prepared for the General Board during consideration of designs for Battleship # 36, which became the Nevada (BB-36 / 37) class. This plan, dated 4 March 1911, provides eight 14-inch guns, twin-screw reciprocating machinery and a speed of 21 knots in a ship 605 feet long on the load water line (L.W.L.), 95 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 27,000 tons. The original plan is in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles Book".
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # S-584-001.
Nevada 4.14k Girl to Name New War Dog Will Be Sponsor for Nevada (BB-36)
Miss Eleanor Anne Siebert. a little miss of 10 years,has been named sponsor for the Nevada, the newest battleship of the United States navy, which will be launched in October.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 17 August 1913, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Nevada 4.29k Nevada (BB-36) starts her slide to the sea after launching on 11 July 1914.
The centennial of her building and her accomplishments were written by Wayne Scarpaci & signed by NV Governor Brian Sandoval.
Photo from the Nevada State Museum collection via the artist Wayne Scarpaci artbywayne.com.
Nevada 1.06k Nevada (BB-36) & her sponsor, Miss Eleanor Anne Seibert, niece of Governor Tasker L. Oddie of Nevada and descendant of Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Stoddert. Image provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 13 July 1914, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Nevada 969k NEW BATTLESHIP & SPONSOR
The Photograph Shows the Bow of the Battleship Just As She Passed Down the Ways, With Thousands Cheering Her. The Insert Shows Miss Eleanor Ann Sieber, Niece of Governor Oddie of Nevada.
Image provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 14 July 1914, HOME EDITION, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Nevada 1.08k BATTLESHIP NEVADA(BB-36), THE U. S. NAVY'S NEWEST SEA FIGHTER
THE NEVADA, CONSIDERED BY EXPERTS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL FIGHTING SHIPS AFLOAT, WAS BUILT AT THE FORE RIVER. MASS. YARDS. THIS PHOTOGRAPH WAS MADE AS SHE LEFT THE YARDS FOR NEW YORK WHERE SHE ARRIVED ON October 25.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo & text by The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 07 November 1915, FOURTH SECTION PICTORIAL MAGAZINE, Image 34, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Nevada 561k THREE GUN TURRETS AND ANTI-AIRCRAFT WEAPONS FEATURES OF THE NEVADA (BB-36)Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Logan Republican. (Logan, Utah) 1902-1924, 06 November 1915, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-36 Nevada52k"The Nevada (BB-36), newest, largest and longest dreadnought of the U.S. Navy, and considered the most powerful warship afloat, on her official speed and engine test off Rockland, Maine."Photo by International News Service, text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 7 November 1915, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Nevada 32.57k The Newest United States Dreadnought, the Nevada (BB-36) Speeding More Than Twenty Knots An Hour on Her Trial Trip.
The Nevada is the first United States Battleship to use oil as fuel. She is also the first to have a main battery of ten 14-inch rifles.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC. & Oklahoma Historical Society.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 14 November 1915, GRAPHIC SECTION, Image 45, & The Beaver Herald. (Beaver, O.T. [Okla.]) 1895-1923, 24 February 1910, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-36 Nevada38kThe Nevada (BB-36) at the Fore Shipbuilding Yard. The photo is slightly blurred, but it appears that there is no commissioning flag flying from her bow, so the date would have to be before March 1916.Photo contributed by Leonard B. Harville, Jr., courtesy of the Samuel F. Dowdy family.
Nevada 463k Starboard view of the Nevada (BB-36) off Boston Navy Yard on 23 March 1916.Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, # LC-F82-1820 via Mike Green.
BB-36 Nevada92kThe Nevada (BB-36) making her way down the river (unknown) while being escorted by several tugs.Digital ID: # ggbain-20195v, LC-B2-3642-14. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Atlantic  Fleet2.05kWAKING UP AMERICA TO THE DANGER OF INVASION
Capt. W. S. Sims Shows How the Navy, as the First Line of Defence, Would Grapple With a Foe
CAPT. WILLIAM S. SIMS, U. S. N AND THE BATTLESHIP NEVADA (BB-36), OF WHICH HE IS IN COMMAND
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo by The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 30 April 1916, SIXTH SECTION SPECIAL FEATURE SUPPLEMENT, Image 55, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-36 Nevada120kCaptain Joseph Strauss commanded the battleship Ohio (BB-12), in 1912; then became Chief of Bureau of Ordnance 21 October 1913. Strauss assumed command of battleship Nevada (BB-36), 30 December 1916 and remained in command as the United States entered World War I.
Detached from the battleship in February 1918, he was designated Commander, Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet with the rank of Rear Admiral. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal both for directing the laying of the North Sea Mine Barrage and for the hazardous task of clearing it after peace came. In March 1921 he became Commander in Chief of the Asiatic Fleet with the rank of Admiral.
Digital ID: # cph 3b39649. Source: Library of Congress & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Nevada 453k Among important changes in the navy made by President Wilson are the appointment of Captain V. Sims, commander of the battleship Nevada (BB-36), to be president of the Naval College at Newport, and Rear Admirai A. M. Knight, who has been head of the college, to the command of the Asiatic fleet.Image and text provided by University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR.
Photo from the East Oregonian E.O. (Pendleton, Umatilla Co., Or.) 1888-current, 24 January 1917, DAILY EVENING EDITION, Image 9, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 08/13/14.
BB-36 Nevada790kNevada (BB-36) under the big guns .
Sister ship of the Oklahoma (BB-37). Built in 1915 at a cost of $5,895,000. This picture was taken from another battleship.
Photo by Underwood & Underwood from "Our Navy", published by the L.H. Nelson Co., Portland, Maine in 1917, courtesy of David Johnston (USNR).
BB-39 Arizona730kLike her sister ship Oklahoma (BB-37) that appears in this photo, the Nevada (BB-36) is shown here circa 1917, while painted in an experimental camouflage pattern.US National Archives photo # 80G-1035064 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
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-36 Nevada248kIn Queenstown Ireland, late August - November 1918. Official U.S. Navy Photograph now in the collections of the National Archives, courtesy of martimequest.com
BB-36 Nevada34kView of the boat deck area of the Nevada (BB-36), located between the two cage masts while the ship was in and around Queenstown, Ireland, 1918. Unlike the earlier Battleships which carried their boats and gigs suspended outboard, the boat deck was a better arrangement of space and utility.
This photo was taken by Burnell Poole, one of the best marine painters of the early 20th century. One of his paintings, "The 6th Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet Leaving the Firth of Forth" was restored by the Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C.
Courtesy of USNI.
L-1 69k WW I taught the U.S. Navy to order submarine priorities differently. At Berehaven, Ireland, in late 1918, L-1 (SS-40) displays her disappearing-mount 3 in/23 gun. The battleship Nevada (BB-36) is in the background.
Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
L-1 61k L-1 (SS-40) & an unidentified L-boat lay alongside their tender at Berehaven, Ireland, late 1918. The battleship Nevada (BB-36) is in the background.
Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
BB-36 Nevada287kThe 1918 image of the Nevada (BB-36) escorting the Transport George Washington (ID-3018) to France with Pres. Wilson embarked for the Versailles Peace Conference in December 1918.Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com.
BB-36 Nevada102kNevada (BB-36) escorting George Washington (ID-3018), with President Woodrow Wilson on board, off Brest, France, 13 December 1918. George Washington is visible in the background, beyond Nevada's bow. Official U.S. Navy Photograph NH 73780, now in the collections of the National Archives. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Sixth Battle Squadron72k Battleships 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.
New York Harbor46k"American dreadnoughts & super-dreadnoughts 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 31 December 1919, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Text i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
BB-36 Nevada152kWintering at Guantanamo. The Atlantic Fleet is now "resting up" after patrolling the waters against German submarines.
The Nevada (BB-36), at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Spring 1919, with a "kite" balloon, used for over the horizon search and spotting, moored to her after deck. Note the seven 5 inch/51 recessed gun ports amidships and aft have their gun port shutters drooped. Also note the 5 inch/51 gun opening in stern that was later sealed over because of wet conditions.
USN photo.
Partial text from USNHC photo # NH 45440 courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Partial text courtesy of The Evening Public Ledger, (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 4 March 1919, Image 24, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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-36 Nevada183kNevada (BB-36) underway, smoke belching out of her oil burning furnaces, circa 1919. Nevada & her sister Oklahoma (BB-37) were the Navy's first oil burning battleships.Photo by E. Muller, Jr., contributed by Roy C. Thomas from the book, "The United States Navy", published in 1919. Partial text courtesy of Mike Maurizi.
BB-36 Nevada57kUnderway, circa 1919.Courtesy of Lawrence Bohn.
BB-36 Nevada44kHalftone reproduction of a photograph of the Nevada's (BB-36) mascot goat, posed in a life ring. It was published circa 1919 as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning Nevada. USNHC # NH 104609. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
BB-36 Nevada88kHalftone reproduction of a photograph taken in the crew's galley on board the ship. It was published circa 1919 as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning Nevada. USNHC # NH 104610. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
BB-36 Nevada78kHalftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa 1919 on the ship's deck, looking aft along the starboard side from alongside her forward 14-inch gun turret. Note paravane on deck and turret bearing markings painted on the sides of the ship's Number 2 14-inch gun turret.It was published circa 1919 as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning Nevada. USNHC # NH 104611. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
BB-36 Nevada72kHalftone reproduction of a photograph taken in the ship's surgical operating room. It was published circa 1919 as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning Nevada. USNHC # NH 104612. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
BB-36 Nevada63kHalftone reproduction of a photograph taken in the ship's sick bay. It was published circa 1919 as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning Nevada. USNHC # NH 104613. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
BB-36 Nevada88kHalftone reproduction of a photograph of crew members relaxing on the ship's quarter deck, with her after 14-inch gun turrets in the background. It was published circa 1919 as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning Nevada. USNHC # NH 104614. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
BB-36 Nevada88kHalftone reproduction of a photograph looking aft from the ship's bow, showing her anchor chains, forward 14-inch gun turrets and superstructure.It was published circa 1919 as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning Nevada. USNHC # NH 104615. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
BB-36 Nevada64kHalftone reproduction of a photograph of an embarkation ladder mounted on the ship's side.It was published circa 1919 as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning Nevada. USNHC # NH 104616. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
BB-36 Nevada70k Halftone reproduction of a photograph showing two steam launches secured to one of the ship's boat booms. It was published circa 1919 as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning Nevada. USNHC # NH 104617. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
Nevada 682k The spacious decks of the Nevada (BB-36) afford a splendid open air ballroom for hundreds of Jacks and Jills during a recent afternoon dance given by the K. of C. and the Jewish Welfare Board at League Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia.Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 31 August 1919, Image 48, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-36 Nevada141kCapt. William Dugald MacDougall was the Commanding Officer of the battleship Nevada (BB-36) from 23 October 1919 to 4 May 1920. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.

Additional Nevada Images
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USS NEVADA BB-36 History
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