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BB-42 USS IDAHO
1915 - 1926

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Victor - Xray

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1927 - 1934
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Post War - Scrapping


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, 32,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1084.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Shipbuilding, Camden, N.J., April 5, 1915. Launched January 25, 1917. Commissioned December 18, 1917.
Fate: Decommissioned 3 July, 1946 and was placed in reserve until sold for scrap 24 November, 1947 to Lipsett Inc., of New York City.
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BB-42 Idaho24k"Miss H. A. Simmons, granddaughter of the Governor Moses Alexander of Idaho, sponsor for the nation's newest sea fighter." Photo by International News Service, courtesy of memory.loc.gov. Text courtesy of N.Y. Times 8 July 1917, Page 2.
BB-42 Idaho138k"The U.S. superdreadnought Idaho (BB-42) launched at yards of the New York Shipbuilding,Camden, N.J., The Idaho is here shown fast slipping down the ways on her baptismal plunge."Photo by International News Service, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Text courtesy of N.Y. Times 8 July 1917, Page 2.
Idaho 592k The battleship Idaho (BB-42) as she left the ways at the yards of her builders, the New York Shipbuilding Company. The vessel when completed will add another powerful unit to the American Navy's fighting force. Her sponsor, Miss Henrietta A. Simmons, granddaughter of Governor Alexander, of Idaho, is shown below the vessel upon which she bestowed the name. Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 30 June 1917, Night Extra, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Idaho 363k Like some prehistoric monster loomed the Idaho (BB-42), latest of American dreadnoughts to be launched, as she rested on the ways at Camden, N. J., on June 30. This greatest of fighting machines, for secrecy, was built under a covered shed and few saw it take the water, precautions due to the war. The bows on view shows the platform ready for the launching party. The Idaho's sponsors used both wine and water in naming her. Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN & The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Insert photo from from The Bemidji Daily Pioneer. (Bemidji, Minn.) 1904-1971, 10 July 1917, Image 1 & The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, 15 July 1917, Section 4, Pictorial Magazine, Image 32, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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 shorpy.com
Carl Theodore Vogelgesang147kOn 9 January 1919, Capt. Carl Theodore Vogelgesang took charge of the fitting out of Idaho (BB-42) at Camden, N.J., and assumed command of her when that battleship was placed in commission on 24 March 1919. He commanded Idaho until June 1920 when he became the Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet. Photo from the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-42 Idaho516kHeaviest fighting craft afloat, the superdreadnought Idaho (BB-42). Image provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 07 March 1919, Image 24, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-42 Idaho616kThe mightiest superdreadnought of the U.S. Navy at the yards of the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, in Camden, ready to move across the Delaware River to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where the great fighting craft will officially "join the navy." Image provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 19 March 1919, Image 32, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-42 Idaho 273k Idaho (BB-42) in New York. Photograph by Enrique Muller courtesy of Ronald J. Ferraro.
Photo added 02/13/14.
Idaho 1.14k Worlds Greatest Sea Fighter Reaches New York. Photo by Underwood & Underwood
Image provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 6 April 1919, Image 4, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Idaho 551k BIG GUNS OF THE BATTLESHIP IDAHO (BB-42)
Three gobs looking out of the muzzles of the big guns on our latest and largest battleship that was recently launched at Philadelphia. The Idaho is the largest ship in the United States Navy.
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, 02 May 1919, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-42 Idaho797kIdaho (BB-42) fitting out at New York Ship Building Corporation on 23 June 1919 as is shown here, the Idaho was the first battleship not to befitted with hull mounted secondary guns. The ports were plated over before she was commissioned; the ports remained as the hull design was identical to her sisters, New Mexico (BB-40) and Mississippi (BB-41). She is equipped with a small bridge which is topped with a "tent" where a main battery range finder will be mounted.
The destroyer across the ways looks to have the number 20 painted on her bow. She is still under construction, and probably hasn't reached the stage where they paint an identification number on the hull. I would guess that the destroyer is either Leary (DD-158) or one of her sisters.
National Archives photo # 19-N-11413, courtesy of David Buell. Photo i.d. & partial text i.d. courtesy of Aryeh Weterhorn.
BB-42 Idaho100k1919 photo of the Idaho (BB-42) basically as completed. Foremast range clock is clearly visible.USN photo.
BB-42 Idaho150kNewly completed and commissioned in 1920, the Idaho (BB-42) is shown at speed. Short flying off platforms are mounted on #2 and #3 turrets and two 3" A.A. guns are mounted even with her derricks. Six more 3" A.A. guns were later mounted on the 01 level. Note semaphore signalman atop her second turret.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Text from USNHC photo # NH 73983.
BB-42 Idaho243kEarthquake Rocks This Mighty Cruiser
The Idaho (BB-42)
The sister ship of the New Mexico (BB-40), which was tossed about in the Pacific waters last Saturday like poplars in a winter blast. While the big ship was heaving from the earthquake, Admiral Rodman on board the New Mexico coolly remarked, "Just what I thought, an earthquake." Each man obeyed orders with marked precision and took their places prepared for whatever might happen. But little damage was reported from the quake.
Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo from The Corpus Christi Caller. (Corpus Christi, Tex.) 1918-1987, 04 August 1919, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-43 Tennessee 237k Foreground is definitely Tennessee (BB-43). In the middle is Idaho (BB-42) (darker camouflage note also the fantail catapult) and upper right is Arizona (BB-39), less certain but based on main mast platforms verses the New Mexico (BB-40). Middle background is New York (BB-34) (navigation bridge not over hanging conning tower). The far left background is the Texas (BB-35) (blunt bow, 2 funnels).
The aircraft is a Naval Aircraft Factory / Curtiss / Canadian Aeroplane Ltd F-5L.
The date of Mr. Kreisman's photo has to be 1920-1921. By 1922 all 14' and 16" gunned BB's (except New York and Texas as the 5th turret did not leave enough deck space) had been fitted with a compressed air catapult on the stern. The presence of a stern A/C catapult on only one of the three 1916 program BB's suggest this early in the introduction of this equipment but late enough for the turret top fly-off platforms to have been removed from all ships present. In 1919 the Battle Fleet shifted its base to San Pedro in California where it remained based until shifted to Pearl Harbor. The Texas and New York were assigned to that fleet until they returned east for modernization in 1925. This would suggest that the photo was taken some where in the Pacific. The rich flora onshore suggest a tropical climate and the enclosed by would lead me to guess Panama or Gitmo. If the 1920 or 1921 Fleet problem was conducted in Atlantic waters could explain an Atlantic based aircraft with a Pacific based Fleet.
Photo courtesy of Lance Kreisman via Fabio Pen~a.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn, Alan Moore & Richard Jensen.
Aircraft i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore via Larkins, William T. US Navy Aircraft 1921-1941/US Marine Corps Aircraft 1914-1959. [The image came from the USMC aircraft section, pg(9).] Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1995. (originally published as US Marine Corps Aircraft 1914-1959, copyright 1959, and US Navy Aircraft 1921-1941, copyright 1961).
BB-42 Idaho115kInspection on the battleship's forecastle, circa 1920. Note her forward triple 14"/40 gun turrets and "cage" foremast.USNHC # NH 53203, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-42 Idaho151kCrewmen running on deck during physical training, circa 1920. Note wooden planking and working gear on her deck.USNHC # NH 53204, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-42 Idaho531kAMERICAN GOBS LOOK DOWN ON RIO
Sailors of the battleship Idaho (BB-42), which recently returned from the South Atlantic and the Panama canal, viewing the wonders of Rio de Janeiro, from a mountain top.
Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo from The North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune.(North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, 12 March 1920, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-42 Idaho1.22k"Queen of the Navy" Is Best Shot In The Pacific Fleet
The Idaho (BB-42), called the "Queen of the Navy," established a record during the Pacific fleet target practice when her gun crews made nine direct hits in 36 shots at long range with the 14-inch guns. The Idaho is one of the very latest of the United States navy's superdreadnaughts. She has a main battery of twelve 14-inch naval rifles and is fitted with the latest antialrcraft and submarine protections.
Image and text provided by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA.
Photo from The Madison Journal. (Tallulah, Madison Parish, La.) 1888-current, 22 May 1920, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-42 Idaho129kIdaho (BB-42) seen in the Panama Canal, circa 1920's.USNI / USN photo.
BB-42 Idaho 56k Captain Charles Lincoln Hussey was the Commanding Officer of the battleship Idaho (BB-42) in 1920-1921. Photo #18497v courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-42 Idaho320kTraversing the Pedro Miguel Locks in the Panama Canal, circa 1920's.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-42 Idaho110kIdaho (BB-42) seen in the Panama Canal, 1920's Stern view.USNI / USN photo.
BB-42 Idaho58kYou are cordially invited to view as the uninitiated crew members (Pollywogs) pass over the equator for the first time, the Shellbacks (those who in the past had undergone the exquisite pleasure of meeting King Neptune's Court) met to decide what to do with the newcomers of Idaho's (BB-42) contingent in 24 January 1921.Courtesy of Jon Burdett.
BB-42 Idaho128kIdaho (BB-42) fires her 14/50" guns at a target which the battleship Texas (BB-35) is towing 10 miles away, 16 April 1921.Courtesy of Charles Moore.
BB-42 Idaho43kDependents visiting the Idaho (BB-42), early 1920's.
USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-42 Idaho278kIdaho (BB-42) starboard view, underway, early 1920's.US National Archives photo # 80G-1035087 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
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."
BB-42 Idaho 219k The time on the Idaho's (BB-42) gunnery clock is circa 1924, viewed from the main deck looking aft near the 2nd main turret. Photograph courtesy of Tony Bellomo.
BB-42 Idaho 155k Looking out from the bridge over the Idaho's (BB-42) helm, 1924 in a Pacific port. Photograph courtesy of Tony Bellomo.
Southern Cruise90kView from the deck of a one of the battleships looking aft of the Battle Fleet and a division of cruisers from the Scouting Fleet cruise to Australia and New Zealand. U.S. Navy photograph courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Sam Hood 37k Night time stern view of the Tennessee (BB-43), Mississippi (BB-41), California (BB-44) and or Idaho (BB-42) in Port Jackson, Sydney, Australia, 1925. This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museumís Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection in Flicker.
Sam Hood (1870-1956) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 72-year career spanned the romantic age of sail and two world wars. The photos in the collection were taken mainly in Sydney and Newcastle during the first half of the 20th century.
Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-42 Idaho727kIdaho(BB-42) departs Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, as a Douglas DT-2 torpedo plane from NAS Pearl Harbor bids "aloha" to passengers Cmdr. John Rogers and his crew, 17 September 1925. Cmdr. Rogers and his crew attempted to fly from San Francisco to Honolulu but ran out of fuel and landed at sea. Lost at sea for 10 days, they rigged a sail on their PN-9 seaplane and covered 450 miles before their rescue.Photo USNHC # NH 53201, now in the collections of the National Archives via Bill Gonyo.
BB-42 Idaho143kWardroom of the Idaho (BB-42), 1925-26. Courtesy of Jon Burdett.
BB-42 Idaho136kLaundry room of the Idaho (BB-42), 1925-26.Courtesy of Jon Burdett.
BB-42 Idaho133kSickbay of the Idaho (BB-42), 1925-26.Courtesy of Jon Burdett.
BB-42 Idaho164kCPO (Chief Petty Officers) Quarters of the Idaho (BB-42), 1925-26.Courtesy of Jon Burdett.
BB-42 Idaho83kGallery, 1925-26.Courtesy of Jon Burdett.
BB-42 Idaho94kCarpenter shop, 1925-26.Courtesy of Jon Burdett.
BB-42 Idaho99kAs the uninitiated crew-members (Pollywogs) pass over the equator for the first time, the Shellbacks (those who in the past had undergone the exquisite pleasure of meeting King Neptune's Court) met to decide what to do with the newcomers of Idaho's (BB-42) contingent in 1925-26.Courtesy of Jon Burdett.
BB-42 Idaho115kThe operating room of the Idaho (BB-42) : This is where Doc either kills you or wonders why he didn't in 1925-26.Courtesy of Jon Burdett.
BB-42 Idaho96kBake shop, Idaho (BB-42), 1925-26. Courtesy of Jon Burdett.
BB-42 Idaho75kPrinting Office, Idaho (BB-42), 1925-26. Courtesy of Jon Burdett.
BB-42 Idaho332kThe Idaho (BB-42) possibly entering the dry dock at Puget Sound Navy Yard, March 1926.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-42 Idaho 278k Sporting a target between her aft cage mast and top rear turret plus maybe a pair of Vought O2U-1 biplanes on the catapults. Photo i.d. courtesy of Richard Jensen.
US National Archives photo # 80G-1035061 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-42 Idaho168kIdaho (BB-42) in dry dock, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, March 1926.Photo contributed by Robert Hurst. Photo taken from U.S. Warships of World War One, by P.H. Silverstone.
BB-40 New Mexico 2.44k Langley (CV-1) with Vought VE-7 aircraft on deck, at anchor off Culebra Island, Puerto Rico on 18 March 1926. In the background are 4 four-stack destroyers and a Tennessee class (BB-43 /44) battleship on the left, and two New Mexico (BB-40 /42) class battleships (center and right).
At the time, the Tennessee's are hard to tell apart. A few years later, Tennessee (BB-43) had the open bridge added around her pilothouse, and even later, California (BB-44) added the enlarged flag bridge. But in the 1922 (or so) period, they were close in config.
The New Mexico's appear to be Mississippi (BB-41) on the left (or in the center) and New Mexico (BB-40) (nearly bow-on) on the right.

The original photo was labeled "Harbinger" to show symbolically how the unimposing Langley was the first of a line of ships which eventually drove the battleship from its primary place into the background.
Photo i.d. & text in italics courtesy of Richard Jensen.
USN photo via collections.naval.aviation.museum.
Almost Unknown709kDifferent angle of the above photo: Langley (CV-1) & Battleships at anchor off Culebra Island, Puerto Rico 18 March 1926.USN photo NARA II 80-G-185902 via courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.

USS IDAHO BB-42 History
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