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BB-46 USS MARYLAND
1917 - 1924

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Romeo - Charlie

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Colorado Class Battleship: Displacement 32,600 Tons, Dimensions, 624' (oa) x 97' 4" x 31' 4" (Max). Armament 8 x 16"/45 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, 28,900 SHP; Turbines with Electric Drive, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1080.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA., April 24, 1917. Launched March 20, 1920. Commissioned July 21, 1921. Decommissioned April 3, 1947. Stricken March 1, 1959.
Fate: Sold July 15, 1959 and broken up for scrap.
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Maryland 597k GIGANTIC PROJECTED AMERICAN WARSHIPS WILL OUTCLASS WORLD'S GREATEST VESSELS
With the picture of the battle cruiser (upper picture) is shown that of the new projected battleship of the Colorado (BB-45), Maryland (BB-46), West Virginia (BB-48) and Washington (BB-47). They will be vessels of 32,600 tons, With twenty-one knots speed and carrying eight sixteen inch guns each. There will be twenty-two smaller guns besides four anti-air craft guns and torpedo tubes. Big as these ships will be they will be outclassed by the three still newer battleships already authorized, the ships of the 49, 50, 51 class.
Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photo from The Democratic Banner. (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) 1898-192?, 26 December 1916, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maryland 572k Building a super-dreadnought: 1,000 men a day work on building the Maryland (BB-46) for Uncle Sam's Navy. Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.,
Photo & text by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 4 February 1919, Night Extra, Image 20, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maryland 599k Uncle Sam's greatest super dreadnought and the first battleship to carry 16-inch guns, the Maryland (BB-46), is successfully launched at Newport News. Note the seaplane resting on the deck of the newly launched floating fortress'. Left. A full quart of real "bubble water" crashes against the bow as Mrs. B. E. Lee, daughter of Maryland's State Comptroller and daughter-in-law of Senator Lee, of Maryland, christens the monster fighting ship. Circle - Pretty Mrs. Lee's engaging smile. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 28 March 1920, Image 58, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-46 Maryland140k Mrs. E. Brook Lee, wife of the Comptroller of the State of Maryland sponsored the Maryland (BB-46) at her launch, 20 March 1920.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland134k The Splash. Bottle breaks on Maryland's (BB-46) bow.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
Maryland 635k SHE'S A WHOPPER, NAVY'S BIGGESTImage and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from the The Ogden Standard. (Ogden City, Utah) 1913-1920, 31 March 1920, LAST EDITION - 4 P.M., Image 13, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-46 Maryland152kMaryland (BB-46) before launching.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland177k Maryland (BB-46) shown ready for launching at Newport News, Virginia, as she was later in the day, in this photo taken 20 March 1920.USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland103kAlmost at the end of the launching ways at Newport News, Virginia, Maryland (BB-46) begins to get her stern wet, 20 March 1920.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland160kMaryland (BB-46) from the the dock.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland100kAbout 80% finished, the Maryland (BB-46) is awaiting help from tugs to move her to her berthing place for final finishing, just after being launched, 20 March 1920.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland64kAbout 80% finished, the Maryland (BB-46) is awaiting help from tugs to move her to her berthing place for final finishing, just after being launched, 20 March 1920.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland76kLacking her turrets and main armament, the Maryland (BB-46) is awaiting help from tugs to move her to her berthing place for final finishing, just after being launched, 20 March 1920.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland80kStarboard side view of the Maryland (BB-46) being moved to her berthing place for final finishing, just after being launched, 20 March 1920.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland163kMaryland (BB-46) on the water. USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland791kMaryland (BB-46) in South Boston. Photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Nash.
Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via flickr.com.
BB-46 Maryland39kPhotographed in 1920, at anchor.From the collection of Gerald M. Charpentier of New Orleans and L.A. Donated by his niece, Elaine C. Witty. Courtesy of Lawrence Bohn.
BB-46 Maryland172k1920 photo of the Maryland (BB-46) before any catapults were added to her stern area.USN photo courtesy of Paul & Barbara Rebold.
Preston162kCommander Charles Francis Preston was the commanding officer of the battleship Maryland (BB-46) in 21 July 1921 to 1 March 1922.Photo courtesy of the USNA Alumni Association via Bill Gonyo.
Maryland 456k Battleship Maryland (BB-46) to Escape Destruction Under Hughes PlanImage and text provided by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Photo from the The Morning Tulsa Daily World. (Tulsa, Okla.) 1919-1927, 18 November 1921, FINAL EDITION, Image 16, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maryland 16k CAPT. SELLERS, Sec. Denby's aide, to command battleship Maryland (BB-46).Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo & text by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 08 March 1922, Night Extra, Image 30, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maryland 697k Maryland (BB-46), the new flagship of the Atlantic Fleet, now in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, as viewed from a seaplane recently over the East River. The mighty superdreadnought, an electrically-driven oilburner, was launched two years ago this month as the most powerful hattleship in the world. She is a sister ship of the California (BB-44) and Tennessee (BB-43), and mounts eight 16- inch guns, the first of this size ever mounted on a ship. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 12 March 1922, Image 70, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maryland 422k Uncle Sam's battleship, the Maryland (BB-46) can now boast of a wonderful mess crew, the pride of the Navy Captain D. F. Sellers each week has an inspection of the mess tables for which there are three prizes offered to the best mess crew. Keen rivalry exists between the mess squads and George W. Sweeney of the Hotel Mens association was called upon to judge the inspection. The photograph shows the winning table. Image provided by: State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo & text by The Jasper News. (Jasper, Mo.) 1898-1924, 01 June 1922, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-46 Maryland221kMaryland's (BB-46) crew cleaning the Forecastle deck area, 1922.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
Maryland 486k U. S. Battleships Now Equipped To Beat Off Airplane Attacks
Recently Perfected Airplane Turntable on Battleship Maryland (BB-46).
Has the battleship outlived its usefulness? American naval officers say "No," emphatically. The navy designers have just perfected a device for battleships which will enable them to carry a fleet of fighting planes and launch them at sea should they be attacked from the air. The device is a turntable on the plane deck. Recent navy department tests have been very successful.
Image and text provided by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Photo & text by The Morning Tulsa Daily World. (Tulsa, Okla.) 1919-1927, 25 June 1922, FINAL EDITION, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-46 Maryland797kThe Maryland (BB-46) about to launch her first catapult plane, a Naval Aircraft Factory VE-7H, designation A5970 and the story behind it from The Mid - Week Pictorial edition of 6 July 1922. Note the catapult car atop the catapult.Photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky & Pieter Bakels.
BB-46 Maryland143kTurret markings on both fore and aft top turrets and what might be a Loening OL series observation plane on the stern of the Maryland (BB-46), circa 1922. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-46 Maryland85k Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes (at left) and Admiral Hilary P. Jones, USN, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet on board Maryland (BB-46), in August 1922, during her cruise to Rio de Janeiro to participate in the Brazilian Centennial Exposition. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 52784, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-46 Maryland116kShip board life. Pie eating contest aboard the Maryland (BB-46), August 1922.USNHC # NH 76520, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-36 Nevada192k A Vought VE-9H A6463 float plane being catapulted from the Maryland (BB-46) in September 1922 while the ship was in Rio de Janeiro. The battleship brought Secretary of State Evans Hughes to Rio for the opening Centennial of the Brazilian Centennial commemorating 100 years of freedom from Portuguese rule. A6463 was wrecked during a catapult launch in July 1923 in which the launching car was badly damaged. Photo courtesy of Battleship and Cruiser Aircraft of the United States Navy 1910-1949. by William T. Larkins; Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Atglen, PA, 1996. pg 24. via Alan Moore. Photo i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
Maryland 572k Maryland (BB-46), one of Uncle Sam's electrically-driven super-dreadnoughts, arrives in the Hudson after a record run up from Rio de Janiero with Secretary of State Hughes and members of his party who had been attending the opening of the Brazilian Exposition as official representatives of the United States. The mighty battleship made run in just 10 days and 18 hours. Photo & text by New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 1 October 1922, Image 20, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-46 Maryland180k Photo probably taken from the Brooklyn Bridge looking north. The Maryland (BB-46) in the early 1920's is leaving the New York Navy Yard. The Manhattan Bridge is in the background and her top masts have been lowered to allow passage under it. Unusual in this picture is the large armored rangefinder atop #2 turret, most of these ships just mounting the range finder sat in the rear turret.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Partial text i.d. courtesy of Tom Bennett.
BB-46 Maryland193kMaryland (BB-46) and Statue of Liberty, circa early 1920's.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland354kMaryland (BB-46) all dressed up with flags circa early 1920's.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland189kCaptain C. F. Preston inspects the Forecastle, circa early 1920's.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland332kMaryland (BB-46) fires her main battery, circa early 1920's.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland233kMaryland's (BB-46) Band entertains the crew, circa early 1920's.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland353kStern view on a hot weather Maryland (BB-46), circa early 1920's. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Photo added 04/06/14.
BB-46 Maryland115kThe Maryland (BB-46) rides at anchor in this early 1920's photo.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-46 Maryland211kLock gates of the Miraflores in the Panama Canal are open as the Maryland (BB-46) passes through, February 1923.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-46 Maryland131kMaryland (BB-46) in the Gaillard Cut, Panama Canal, February 1923.USNHC # NH 73833, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-46 Maryland324k Maryland (BB-46) off of Yorktown VA, 1923.NARA # 80-Cf-2057-12.
BB-46 Maryland126kLighted by the night. Maryland (BB-46) all dressed up for the 4th of July at Tacoma, Washington, 1924. Photo courtesy of David S. Smith.

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