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New Mexico Class Battleship: Displacement 32,000 Tons, Dimensions, 624' (oa) x 97' 5" x 31' 1" (Max). Armament 12 x 14"/50 22 x 5"/51, 8 x 3"/50 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Turrets, 3 1/2" +2" Decks, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 27,500 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines with electric drive, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1084.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Navy Yard, October 14, 1915. Launched April 23, 1917. Commissioned May 18, 1918. Decommissioned July 19, 1946. Stricken February 25, 1947.
Fate: Sold November 9, 1947 and broken up for scrap in New York.
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BB-40 New Mexico821kThe First Electric Battleship
Uncle Sam Plans A Surprise for the Naval World In the Construction of the First and Only Electric Battleship - The New California To Be Propelled and Operated Solely By Electricity
One of the New 14 Inch Guns for the California
Image and text provided by University of Vermont.
Photo & text by Burlington Weekly Free Press. (Burlington, Vt.) 1866-1928, 28 January 1915, Image 10, via
BB-40 New Mexico962kThe United States new superdreadnought California whose keel will be laid at the New York Navy Yard in the near future, will be the first electrically driven dreadnought in the world.
New Mexico (BB-40) Will Be Only Battleship in World to Use This Power
Serious Problem of Launching the Monster Seafighter Pennsylvania (BB-38).
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, 21 March 1915, FOURTH SECTION PICTORIAL SECTION, Image 49, via
Guns 592k Secretary of the Navy Joseph Daniel and other dignitaries attending the keel laying of the then named battleship California on 14 October 1915. The ship, renamed New Mexico (BB-40) was the lead ship in this class of battleships. Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-B2-3633-4. via Mike Green.
Photo added 12/28/14.
Guns 845k Brooklyn Navy Yard workers celebrating the keel laying of the then named battleship California on 14 October 1915. Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-B2-3633-5 via Mike Green.
Photo added 12/28/14.
The keel of the superdreadnaught California, destined to be the greatest of battleships, was laid at the navy yard in Brooklyn. The event was an epoch in naval construction, and among those who participated were Secretary of the Navy Daniels, Rear Admiral Nathaniel R. Usher, commandant of the great yard in which the California will be rushed to completion; Rear Admiral Robert S. Griffin, the engineer in chief of the navy, and Rear Admiral David W.Taylor, chief of the bureau of construction in Washington.
Her name would be changed before her commissioning to New Mexico (BB-40).
Text i.d. courtesy of Mike Green.
Photo by American Press Association.
Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH. & University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Democratic Banner. (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) 1898-192?, 19 October 1915, Image 1 & The Broad Ax.(Salt Lake City, Utah) 1895-19??, 30 October 1915, Image 2, courtesy of
BB-40 New Mexico3.92kElectricity to Make Our Latest Battleship Mightiest In World
In the presence of a great throng the keel of the oil-burning turbine engine battleship California was laid with impressive ceremonies at the Brooklyn navy yard.
Photo by Underwood and Underwood.
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Tacoma Times. (Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 01 November 1915, Image 3, courtesy of
BB-40 New Mexico1.07kMightiest of All Fighting Ships
Our New Big Battleship California and Why It Is Different from Any Other War Vessel Ever Designed
Out ot Sight Below the Ocean Horizon the California Could Destroy New York City in Half an Hour with Long-Range Shells Which Would Seem to Drop From the Sky.
One Broadside from All the "California" Guns Would Be Equal to Throwing Six Touring Cars from Sandy Hook to New York.
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo by Richmond Times-Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1914-current, 07 November 1915, Image 55, courtesy of
This is a picture of the model for the new battleship New Mexico. It will be the greatest dreadnaught afloat when completed. Its sister ships will be the Mississippi (BB-41) and Idaho (BB-42).
Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo from El Paso Herald. (El Paso, Tex.) 1901-1931, 07 April 1916, HOME EDITION, Image 1, via
Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo & text by The Red Cloud Chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923, 12 October 1916, Image 6, via
Guns 1.10k "U.S. Navy Yard, Washington. Sight shop, big gun section. 1917: Possible future armament for the New Mexico (BB-40 /42) class . Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress Photo courtesy of
BB-40 New Mexico 3.16k "Misses Margaret C. DeBaca Virginia Carr, sponsors for the new dreadnought & members of the launching party which came from New Mexico for the ceremony."
"Launching at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on last Monday of the U.S. super-dreadnought New Mexico (BB-40), newest, and with her sister ships the largest and most powerful vessels in the Navy, and the world's first dreadnought to be driven by electric power."
Times Photo Service, text courtesy of N.Y. Times 29 April 1917, Page 1, courtesy of
New Mexico (BB-40), Nation's Greatest Battleship, Takes the Water.

Navy Yard Closely Guarded for Launching, Witnessed by Only 300 Guests. Huge Oil Burning Super-dreadnought Is First To Be Electrically Driven.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 24 April 1917, Image 3, via
BB-40 New Mexico1.93k"Hit First and Hit Hard" U. S. Navy Rule; Here's How Uncle Sam's Gunners Turn Trick
Photo shows range finder to be put on Uncle Sam's newest superdreadnaught, the New Mexico (BB-40); diagram shows how a big gun is fired.
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Photo & text by The Bismarck Tribune. (Bismarck, N.D.) 1916-current, 09 May 1917, Image 8, via
BB-40 New Mexico 331k Main battery drawn out as construction continues on the New Mexico (BB-40), 6 October 1917. Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive - courtesy National Archive and Records Administration, Northeast Region - NYC, Record Group 181 via
BB-40 New Mexico 610k Port forward quarter of the New Mexico (BB-40), 6 October 1917. Photo No. f1060n14, Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive - courtesy National Archive and Records Administration, Northeast Region - NYC, Record Group 181 via
BB-40 New Mexico 623k New Mexico (BB-40) in Dry Dock #4, Bow view, January 1918 Photo No. N3480, Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive - courtesy National Archive and Records Administration, Northeast Region - NYC, Record Group 181 via
BB-40 New Mexico 1.4m New Mexico (BB-40) in Dry Dock #4, portside looking aft, January 1918 Photo No. N3478, Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive - courtesy National Archive and Records Administration, Northeast Region - NYC, Record Group 181 via
BB-40 New Mexico 577k New Mexico (BB-40) starboard view, shortly after commissioning, May 1918. Courtesy of Seaman 2nd Class Ralph D Gummerson via Al Gummerson & Tom Bateman & Philip H. Robare RMCS, USN - RET.
BB-40 New Mexico 105k Capt. Ashley Herman Robertson was the Commanding Officer of the New Mexico (BB-40) from May 1918 to September 1918. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.

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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Vernon Dascher
Address: 3064 DeVilla Tr. Saint Louis, MO, 63301
Phone: 636-949-9413
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