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BB-44 USS CALIFORNIA
1922 - Scenes from the Ship's Welfare Fund

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Foxtrot - Tango

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1916 - 1919 Construction - Launching
1920 - June 1921
Fitting Out

July 1921 - Launching Program - Mare Island History
August - December 1921 Commissioning / Shakedown
1923 - 1927
1928 - 1940
Pearl Harbor - 1942
1943 - 1945
1946 - 1959


Tennessee Class Battleship: Displacement 32,300 Tons, Dimensions, 624' (oa) x 97' 4" x 31' (Max). Armament 12 x 14"/50 14 x 5"/51, 4 x 3"/50AA 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Turrets, 3 1/2" +1 1/2" Decks, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 28,500 SHP; Turbines with electric drive, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1083.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Mare Island Naval Ship Yard, October 25, 1916. Launched November 20, 1919. Commissioned August 10, 1921. Decommissioned February 14, 1947. Stricken March 1, 1959.
Fate: Sold July 1, 1959 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-44 California87k Pictured here is the Front cover from a booklet published for the California's (BB-44) Welfare Fund in 1922 by Schwabacher - Frey Stationery Co. in San Francisco, detailing the early history of the California . All the photos on this page are from this source.Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California275k Page 2 with a poem by Eugene E. Wilson. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California308k Water color of the California (BB-44) and a destroyer underway by the famous California artist Maurice Logan. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California282k California (BB-44) underway. Photo by O.W. Waterman. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California344kPhoto of Admiral Edward W. Eberle, CIC of the Pacific Fleet in 1922. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California299kPhoto of California's (BB-44) first Commanding officer, Captain Henry J. Ziegemeier. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California219kPhoto of California's (BB-44) Executive Officers and heads of departments. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California286kCalifornia (BB-44) during speed trials. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California188kPage 1 of the Historical record of the California (BB-44). Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California298kPage 2 of the Historical record of the California (BB-44). Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California257k Montage of laying of the keel and early construction photos of the California (BB-44). Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California246k Montage of California's (BB-44)launching photos. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California292kMontage of commissioning photos of the California (BB-44). Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California217kMontage of drydock photos of the California (BB-44). Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California252kMontage of California (BB-44) and Pacific Fleet photos. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California308kScenes of daily life aboard the California (BB-44).Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California249kNavigators Dept: Scenes of daily life aboard the California (BB-44).Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California325kMontage of California's (BB-44) Main Control Room of the Engineering Dept.Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California263k"Where the wheels go round".Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California255k"With the engineers".Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California242kMontage of California's (BB-44) Officers Quarters.Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California281kMontage of California's (BB-44) Medical Department.Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California251kSilver service of the California (BB-44).Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California247k California (BB-44) at Battle practice.Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California272k California's (BB-44) athletic teams. None of these guys seem to know how to smile.Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California335k Ring side seats for a boxing match on the California (BB-44).Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California235k California's (BB-44) Mascot, Prunes .Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California284k California's (BB-44) champion raceboat crews.Courtesy of Darryl Baker.

USS CALIFORNIA BB-44 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Vincent Nonnon
Address: 23 Green Ave Valley Cottage, N.Y. 10989-1952
Phone: 845-268-7761
E-mail: prunebarge@verizon.net
Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.

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