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BB-44 USS CALIFORNIA
Launching Program - Mare Island History

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Foxtrot - Tango

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

August - December 1921 Commissioning / Shakedown
1922 - Scenes from the Ship's Welfare Fund
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 California79k The front over of the magazine "The Grizzly Bear", Jul-Aug 1921, published by the California (BB-44) prior to her commissioning. It appears that it was printed by the California on an annual basis. Printing cost was covered by advertisments. The ship on the cover is not likely to be California since she didn't have screws installed until late August 1921 and didn't leave dry dock at Hunters Point until September 1921. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California74k Advertisement. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California109k Page 5 of the magazine "The Grizzly Bear", Jul-Aug 1921 published by the California (BB-44) prior to her commissioning. Short history of the California . Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California91k Page 7 of the magazine "The Grizzly Bear", Jul-Aug 1921 published by the California (BB-44) prior to her commissioning. History and specification of the California . Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California122k Page 9 of the magazine "The Grizzly Bear", Jul-Aug 1921 published by the California (BB-44) prior to her commissioning. Article about Capt Milton E. Reed, USN and Machinery Division Officer at the time of California's. construction. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California122k Page 11 of the magazine "The Grizzly Bear", Jul-Aug 1921 published by the California (BB-44) prior to her commissioning. Article about Capt Edward L. Beach, Commandant of Mare Island at the time of California's. construction. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California54k Page 12 of the magazine "The Grizzly Bear", Jul-Aug 1921 published by the California (BB-44) prior to her commissioning. Continuation of article about Capt Edward L. Beach, Commandant of Mare Island at the time of California's. construction. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California102k Page 13 of the magazine "The Grizzly Bear", Jul-Aug 1921 published by the California (BB-44) prior to her commissioning. Article about Capt Henry M. Gleason, USN Head of the Hull Division at Mare Island at the time of California's construction. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California58k Page 14 of the magazine "The Grizzly Bear", Jul-Aug 1921 published by the California (BB-44) prior to her commissioning. Early photo of the Mare Island water front. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California127k Page 15 of the magazine "The Grizzly Bear", Jul-Aug 1921 published by the California (BB-44) prior to her commissioning. Description of the photo on page 14. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California58k Page 16 of the magazine "The Grizzly Bear", Jul-Aug 1921 published by the California (BB-44) prior to her commissioning. Description of the photo on page 15. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California33k Front cover of the Launching Program for California (BB-44) at Mare Island on 20 Nov 1919. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California117k Page 1 of the program is an article on Capt. E. L. Beach, Commandant of Mare Island Navy Yard. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California104kThe end of Capt. Beach's story and the start of an article By Admiral D. G. Farragut titled "Pacific Coast's Earlist Naval Base Established at Mare Island in 1854". Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California119 Continues Admiral Farragut's story. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California97k Concludes Admiral Farragut's story and starts a new article by Admiral Farragut concerning quarters at Mare Island. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California109k Continuation of Admiral Farragut's story concerning quarters at Mare Island. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California103k Continuation of Admiral Farragut's story concerning quarters at Mare Island. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California95kContinuation of Admiral Farragut's story concerning quarters at Mare Island. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California103k Continuation of Admiral Farragut's story concerning quarters at Mare Island. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California110k Continuation of Admiral Farragut's story concerning quarters at Mare Island. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California110k Concludes Admiral Farragut's story and starts a new article on launching ships in restricted waters. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California43k First page of the acutal program. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California43k Second page of the acutal program. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California103k Continuation of article on launching ship in restricted waters. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California116k Continuation of article on launching ship in restricted waters. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California109k Continuation of article on launching ship in restricted waters. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California122k Continuation of article on launching ship in restricted waters. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California105k Continuation of article on launching ship in restricted waters. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California117k Continuation of article on launching ship in restricted waters. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California108k Continuation of article on launching ship in restricted waters. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.
BB-44 California121k Continuation of article on launching ship in restricted waters. Courtesy of Darryl Baker.

USS CALIFORNIA BB-44 History
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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: None


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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