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BB-46 USS MARYLAND

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Romeo - Charlie


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 971k 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.,
Text by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 4 February 1919, Night Extra, Image 20, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Photo via Popular Science Magazine April, 1919 page 37, courtesy of Mike Green.
Almost Unknown901kSTRANGE MASCOTS OF THE FLEET
Coxswain Caulkett and his goat mascot Shooter, on board the Kentucky (BB-6). Redhead and 14 Bore, parrot mascots belonging to C. B. M. Rolenhagen and Coxswain Curtis of the New Jersey (BB-16). Goat mascots Caliber and Anchor of the Wyoming (BB-33). Boatswain's Mate B. P. Holloway and a close-up of Frisky, the Panama sugar bear mascot of the battleship Alabama (BB-8). Seaman Du Bois and his Panama squirrel Creeper aboard the Maryland (BB-46).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 07 September 1919, Image 80, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 07/11/15.
Maryland 1.78k AMERICA'S GREATEST Dreadnought LAUNCHED TODAY.
The battleship Maryland was launched successfully at the plant of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company a few minutes after 9 o'clock this morning. Mrs. E. Brooke Lee, wife of the controller of Maryland, was the sponsor.
One of the propeller motors for the huge ship.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 20 March 1920, Image 3, 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 Maryland228kMaryland (BB-46) getting ready for the shot across the bow.Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves HTC (ret.)
BB-46 Maryland134k The Splash. Bottle breaks on Maryland's (BB-46) bow.USN photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
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.
Maryland 619k Launching of the Maryland (BB-46), the world's greatest battleship, at Newport News, Va., a week ago yesterday. The vessel will carry eight 16-inch guns.
Launching party of the United States battleship Maryland. Left to right: Secretary of the Navy Daniels. Mrs. Brooke Lee, wife of the controller of Maryland, sponsor; Gov. Albert C. Ritchie of Maryland, Mrs. Henry van der Cabell of Richmond, Va., aunt of Gov. Ritchie.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 28 March 1920, Image 63, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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 Maryland172k1920 photo of the Maryland (BB-46) before any catapults were added to her stern area.USN photo courtesy of Paul & Barbara Rebold.
BB-46 Maryland505kStarboard stern view of the Maryland (BB-46), 6 November 1920. USN photo # 19N-9372 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Maryland 1.23k Every Conceivable Electric Appliance Installed on U. S. Battleship Maryland (BB-46)
Has Perfect Record in Builders' Trial Off Virginia Cape
Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT.
Photo from the Great Falls Tribune. (Great Falls, Mont.) 1921-current, 10 July 1921, Image 24, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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.
1922 - Pre Pearl Harbor Attack
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 & University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Photo & text by The Jasper News. (Jasper, Mo.) 1898-1924, 01 June 1922, Image 3, & insert via The Bourbon News. (Paris, Ky.) 1895-19??, 06 June 1922, Image 2, 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.
Maryland 1.39k Launching device for planes is perfected and placed on the battleship Maryland (BB-46), now in Hampton Roads. The catapult is no longer in the experimental stage, but is a practical affair and a boon to aeronautical activities. Planes are shot into the air from the decks of the battleships.Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 31 July 1922, Image 13, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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 USN photo 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.
Maryland 1.78k U. S. to Protect Her Citizens in Levant
Above, battleship Maryland (BB-46) ready for sailing orders.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 03 October 1922, Image 16, 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.
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.
BB-46 Maryland231kMaryland (BB-46) sports an E in the early 1920's.USN photo # 19N-10937 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-46 Maryland113kCAPT Thomas Tingey Craven commanded the Maryland (BB-46) from 9 June 1925 to 24 May 1927. Photo #17631v courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-46 Maryland291kCrew-members on the stern of the Maryland (BB-46) stand near the canvas covered engines of two of her scout planes as another scout plane hovers in the distance near the Tennessee (BB-43), circa mid-1920s.
The scout planes are Vought UO-1's. They entered service around 1922 replacing the VE-7/VE-9 series. They are essentially a VE-7 with a radial engine mounted and stringers added to the fuselage to give it a round cross section. They may also be considered the first of the "Corsair" line though it never carried the name. There was a fighter version (FU-1) built by covering the forward cockpit and adding 2 .30 cal MG forward. Equipped with floats, they were parceled out among the BB's of the Battle fleet for 6 months in mid 1926. The easiest way to distinguish the three radial powered Vought Observers is the shape of the tail. The O2U Corsair began replacing them about 1927.
The large ship's name on the fuselage predates the change to the concept of the aircraft belonging to squadrons, rather than the ships.
USN photo courtesy of Paul & Barbara Rebold.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Chris Hoehn & Alan Moore.
BB-46 Maryland167kThe Maryland (BB-46) about to recover one of her Vought VE-7H's or VE-9H's during the soaring 20's.Text i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore.
Photo courtesy of ATC Alex Hester.
BB-40 New Mexico 52k Battleship Div 4 in Sydney harbor, 23 July 1925. Photo courtesy of Tom Totoris, MCPO, USN Ret 1971-1997.
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. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-45 Colorado106kThe United States Battle Fleet steaming in column off the California coast during the middle or later 1920s. The three leading ships are (in no particular order) Colorado (BB-45), Maryland (BB-46) and West Virginia (BB-48) followed by Tennessee (BB-43) and three older battleships. Photograph taken from California (BB-44).Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-695093, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-45 Colorado54kThe photo here might be on the same occasion as the above, but from a different angle. Then again maybe not. It was taken off a 16mm film. Official USN photo courtesy of periscopefilm.com.
Battlefleet44kThe U.S. battle-fleet framed through a porthole. It was taken off a 16mm film. Photo might be from the same sequence as above.Official USN photo courtesy of periscopefilm.com.
BB-46 Maryland757kThe battleship Maryland (BB-46) unleashes a broadside with her 16-in. guns during exercises in the Pacific Ocean. Photo taken sometime between 1924 to 1927. Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum via Bill Gonyo.
BB-38 Pennsylvania104kLeading two other battleships during maneuvers, during the 1920s. The other ships are two of these three: Colorado (BB-45), Maryland (BB-46) and West Virginia (BB-48). USNHC # NH 63346, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-46 Maryland2.3kA group photograph of the ship's football team on the deck, circa 1920ís.National Naval Aviation Museum photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
SS 163-64 & 65 154k Battleship Maryland (BB-46); Submarine Tender Camden (AS-6); two unknown S-boats; and two V-1 class submarines, possibly Barracuda (SS-163), Bass (SS-164) and or Bonita (SS-165) in port in May 1927.
Note the tremendous difference in size between the S-boats and V-1 class submarines.
Photo # NH 46418 courtesy of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-46 Maryland1.74k Maryland (BB-46) with a Vought O2U Corsair in the water near her stern. New Mexico (BB-40) is behind the Maryland .
Two aspects of the aircraft's markings are date-indicative. The first is the fuselage markings, 5 / 8, which signify VO-5's (Observation Squadron 5's) eighth aircraft. The symbol for Observation Squadron would later be changed from "/" to "O," making the marking 5-O-8.
The second is the solid-color painted tail surfaces. Prior to the adoption of this practice, the rudders where painted with vertical Red-White-Blue stripes. The solid-colored tails were to identify the aircraft of a squadron, each squadron having it's own tail color. Each Battleship Division had its own squadron, with the planes distributed among the ships of the Division. Therefore, the planes on the ships of a Division had the same tail color.
So this photo was taken after the adoption of painted tail surfaces but before the change of / to O. I can't find a specific date for either practice, only a vague "around 1930" or (in the case of the O) "in 1930."
A third factor leading to the date is the existence of the squadron, VO-5B. William Larkins, in his Battleship and Cruiser Aircraft of the United States Navy 1910-1949, writes "VO-5B was only in commission for three years, 1927-1930, so planes with these markings are rare." (page 176)
In the same work Larkins lists BatDiv5's ships as West Virginia (BB-48) (Flagship), Tennessee (BB-43), Maryland and Colorado (BB-45).
From this photo I can't distinguish an O2U-2 from a -3 (Larkins lists both.) but it's definitely not an O2U-1, which had a different rudder. Appended is his aircraft breakdown for Maryland.

Date Division Squadron Aircraft
7/1926 Five VO-1 2 UO-1
7/1927 Five VO-1B 2 UO-1, 1 OL-3, 1 FU-1
7/1928 Five VO-5B 3 O2U-1, 1 OL-6
7/1929 Five VO-5B 11 O2U-1, 1 O2U-2 [These are the aircraft for the entire Division, not just MD.]
6/1930 Five 6 O2U-1, 1 O2U-3 [ditto: aircraft for entire Division]
7/1931 One VO-1B 4 O2U-1, 1 O3U-2 [ditto; (Larkins lists only two ships, MD and ID)]
Photo i.d. courtesy of Richard Jensen.
Text courtesy of Alan Moore.
Photo courtesy of Alan K. Radecki.
BB-46 Maryland452kTwo views of Maryland (BB-46) on the 4th of June 1927.
The aircraft on the stern catapult are Vought UO-1s, while the aircraft on the turret catapult appears to be a Loening OL-3.
Text i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore.
USN photo # 19N-11019 & 19N-11020 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Capt Victor Ashfield Kimberly 64k Capt Victor Ashfield Kimberly had a short stint as C.O. of the Arizona (BB-39), 27/06/1928 to 04/09/1928. Apparently he pulled some strings in Washington D.C. to get command of the newer battleship Maryland (BB-46) with her 16 inch guns; he was captain from 06/09/1928 to 16/05/1930. This stunt did not go over with his shipmates on the Arizona and he was not a popular topic in the officers wardroom. This might explain why he never was promoted to Admiral. Text courtesy of Bill Gonyo & Wolfgang Hechler.
Photo courtesy of findagrave.com.
BB-46 Maryland75kDry Dock, Hunters Point Navy Yard, November 1928.NHC / USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland329kThree photo PDF showing President elect Hoover & Mrs Hoover aboard the Maryland (BB-46), December 1928.Photo courtesy of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, inspired by Tommy Trampp.
Note; High-resolution scans can be ordered from the site.
BB-47 Washington 284k Colorado (BB-45) leading, Maryland (BB-46) following. The 3 sisters can be distinguished from one another (during the 20's and early 30's) by the forward range dial. Colorado carries hers half below the bottom of the fire control tower, the Maryland carries hers fully on the face of the fire control tower while the West Virginia (BB-48) carries hers like the Colorado but her dials are black with white numbers. Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
Photo possibly by Frank Lynch, chief photographer of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, circa 1929.
Photo from the collection of Carrie Schmidt.
Battlefleet122kWatercolor of a Presidential review during President Hoover's term of office, 1928-32.
Crews line the rails of a Colorado class (BB-45 / 48) battleship as the ships pass in line astern of the reviewing stand with the airship Los Angeles (ZR-3) piercing the clouds accompanied by 9 biplanes.
Courtesy of Michael Schwarz.
Battlefleet56kView of the U.S. Battlefleet from above, possibly from the airship Los Angeles (ZR-3). Photo courtesy of periscopefilm.com.
BB-46 Maryland95kMaryland (BB-46), Hovey (DD-208), and Long (DD-209) (ships listed left to right) in the Miraflores Locks, while transiting the Panama Canal during the annual inter-ocean movement of the U.S. Fleet, 24 April 1931. Note the twin 4"/50 gun mountings carried by Hovey and Long . Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-455918, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-46 Maryland51kShipboard scene from the early 1930's. Nothing like crawling into bed with some good literature. Photo courtesy of Wendy Johnson.
BB-46 Maryland31kShipboard scene from the early 1930's. Former President Hoover and his wife during a visit. Photo courtesy of Wendy Johnson.
BB-46 Maryland33kShipboard scene from the early 1930's. Church service. Photo courtesy of Wendy Johnson.
BB-34 New York413k New York (BB-34) ahead of Pennsylvania (BB-38). The next ship ahead is a Tennessee class (BB-43 /44) based on the slope of the turret roofs. (Uniform slope back to front - no kink like the twin 16" mounts on the Colorado's (BB-45). Based on the relatively full appearance of the forward superstructure, I am leaning toward California (BB-44) which had an enlarged flag bridge as Battle Force Flagship. The other three are obviously Tennessee (BB-43) and/or Colorado class (BB-45 / 48) but are too indistinct to ID specifically. Because of the boom cranes on the sterns, the photo was taken between 1931 and 1934. Photo courtesy of Kerry Garrett.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Richard M. Jensen.
BB-46 Maryland43kCapt. Lewis Broughton Porterfield was the commanding officer of the battleship Maryland (BB-46) from 21 December 1932 to 1 March 1934. Photo obtained from the Naval Historical Foundation via Bill Gonyo.
BB-46 Maryland755kStarboard beam, underway, 1935. National Archives photo # N3169, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-48 West Virginia272kThe West Virginia (BB-48) as flagship for the Commander, Battleship Divisions, Battle Fleet, followed by other battleships steaming in line ahead during the middle through later 1920's.
The aircraft on the turret catapult appears to be a Curtiss SOC (I can't make out the stern aircraft.), so the date has to be mid-to-later 1930s.
The four leading ships behind her are (in no particular order) Colorado (BB-45), Maryland (BB-46), California (BB-44) & Tennessee (BB-43).
Text i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore.
Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Battleship Row1.80kVery large (1.80k.b) 1936 photo of Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor. Among the ships in the harbor are:
The two New Orleans (CA-32) class cruisers on the far left are the Minneapolis (CA-36) nearer the camera with New Orleans (CA-32) behind. Both have the curved-faced turrets, limiting them to the CA-32/34/36 group. Within that group, only New Orleans lacked the glassed-in navigation bridge (below the pilothouse), and minor superstructure variations point to the other being Minneapolis rather than Astoria (CA-34).
The battleships from left to right: Colorado (BB-45), or West Virginia (BB-48), outboard of Idaho (BB-42), Nevada (BB-36), outboard of Mississippi (BB-41), New Mexico (BB-40), outboard of Maryland (BB-46) or California (BB-44).
On the far right is the Hospital ship Relief (AH-1) with two unidentified ships ahead and to her port side.
Text courtesy of David Johnston, (USNR), Aryeh Wetherhorn (USNR) & Richard Jensen.
Photo courtesy of Edward Cwalinski, submitted by Barry Litchfield.
BB-44 California188kAerial, starboard bow, passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, under construction on 11 October 1936.National Archives # 80-CF-2055-8.
BB-46 Maryland123k1930's photo. Of the eleven battleships seen here, making a starboard turn while steaming in column, Maryland (BB-46) is at left, closest to the camera. Leading the column are the three New Mexico (BB-40 /42) class battleships.USNHC # NH 50260, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-46 Maryland121kStarboard view of the Maryland (BB-46) at anchor, mid 1930's - pre war image. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-46 Maryland121kPhotographed by George Winstead of the Maryland (BB-46) with Curtiss SOC-3s of VO-4 and an accompanying cruiser at anchor, mid 1930's - pre war image. Text i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore.
USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-46 Maryland & Arizona117k Arizona (BB-39) inboard & Maryland (BB-46) at Puget Sound sometime circa late 1935, early 1936. The Arizona still has the searchlights on the funnel and the funnel is short. It was extended vertically in early 1936.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Text courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.Photo i.d. courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-46 Maryland700kUnique view of the Maryland (BB-46) and fo'c'sle. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-46 Maryland1.05kMaryland (BB-46) sails the seas in this painting by the artist R. Lillo.Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
BB-46 Maryland34kFull stern view of the Maryland (BB-46) taken in early 1938 when she was moored in Long Beach Harbor, in Battleship row. Note the black color of the scout observation plane on the fantail and that it matches the color of the Admiral's barge in the water at the foot of the gangway. These pictures was taken during a weekend 'fleet sailboat race. The contributor was in the crew of the New Oleans's (CA-32) entry at the time.'Courtesy of James D. McGrew.
BB-46 Maryland129kNaval officer reviewing kitchen stewards clad in aprons w. pots & pans at their feet on the deck of the battleship Maryland (BB-46) during 1939. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White, courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland162kChief machinist's mate & 2 firemen working w. huge engine turbine in the engine room of battleship Maryland (BB-46). Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland165kNavy engineer manning ships throttle next to steam gauges in the battle station of the battleship Maryland (BB-46) during 1939. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland133kNavy crewmen using water hose & brush to scrub down ship's hammocks before hanging them up to dry on lines behind them, on the prow of the battleship Maryland (BB-46) during 1939. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland123kView fr. the bridge looking down the big guns on the prow where folding cots can be seen hanging fr. the side rails on the battleship Maryland (BB-46) at San Pedro CA., 1939. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland152kNavy crewman hanging from a rope ladder on a spar while working to control the hawser lines for the launches that arrive to load up crewmen to ferry them ashore on "Liberty" from the battleship Maryland (BB-46) anchored in the harbor at San Pedro, CA. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland173kNavy launches ferrying sailors from the Maryland (BB-46) to the harbor at San Pedro CA., 1939. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland188kNavy signalman using semaphore flags as he communicates w. another ship while signal corpsmen handle the signal flag hoists on board the battleship Maryland (BB-46) anchored in the harbor at San Pedro, CA.
Note the numbers and letters written on the flag storage locker for the handling of the flags.
Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland168kNavy crewmen working in the main engine control room of the battleship Maryland (BB-46). Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via & Life.
BB-46 Maryland179kNavy crewmen working in the main engine control room of the battleship Maryland (BB-46). Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland136kHeavy anchors hanging from the prow of the battleship Maryland (BB-46) as she gets a paint job in the harbor at San Pedro CA., 1939. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via & Life.
BB-46 Maryland134kNavy crewmen on hanging scaffolds while painting the side of the battleship Maryland (BB-46) anchored in the harbor at San Pedro, CA. Note three other battleships in the background. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland117kCapt. C. G. Logan being served lunch in his cabin on board the battleship. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland132kTwo Naval officers conferring in the Officers Stateroom on board the battleship. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland125kMarines standing at attention during inspection review on the deck of the battleship. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland134kNavy crewmen stringing up hammocks on board the battleship Maryland (BB-46). Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland129kNavy crewmen making decorative macrame fringes on the deck of the battleship Maryland (BB-46). Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland123kNavy cooks preparing a meal while working next to large steam-jacketed vats in the galley of the battleship. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland112kPortrait of Lieut. Commander Charles Phleger manning the controls on the bridge of the battleship. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland137kCrew members of the battleship Maryland (BB-46) eating a meal in mess hall on board. Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White courtesy of time.com. via Life.
Colorado class68k West Virginia (BB-48), Maryland (BB-46) and the Colorado (BB-45) (in the rear) at Pearl Harbor, circa 1939-40. USN photo by Albert Weigandt & submitted by James D. Card, QMCS (SW/AW).
BB-38 Pennsylvania & Colorado class119kPennsylvania (BB-38) & or Colorado (BB-45), Maryland (BB-46) & or West Virginia (BB-48) at 1010 dock sometime after returning to Pearl Harbor, circa 1939-40. USN photo by Albert Weigandt & submitted by James D. Card, QMCS (SW/AW). Partial text courtesy of DANFS. Photo i.d. courtesy of Tom Bateman.
BB-40 New Mexico & family463kProbable front and rear photos here and below showing formations of aircraft flying over U.S. Navy battleships during exercises at sea, circa late 1930's - 1940.
Pictured here is a New Mexico (BB-40 /42) class battleship in the van with other battleships of the Pacific Fleet and a carrier air group, led by the Air Group Commander in a Curtiss SBC Helldiver.
The aircraft following are:
A torpedo squadron of eighteen Douglas TBD-1s;
A bombing squadron of eighteen Northrop BT-1s;
A scouting squadron eighteen Curtiss SBCs;
A fighting squadron of eighteen Grumman F2F-1s or F3F-3s from either the Yorktown (CV-5) or F3F-2s from the Enterprise (CV-6), plus possibly nine additional aircraft.
The Yorktown and Enterprise were the only two carriers whose bombing squadrons were equipped with the Northrop BT-1.
The text for the photo reads:
"The Navy uses enormous amounts of rubber. At least seventy-five tons of rubber, enough to makes 17,000 tires, are used in the construction of each of these battleships. Tons more are needed for the naval planes that are making history over the world. Medical and communication requirements--and countless other needs of the Navy--are met."
The lead BB looks like Mississippi (BB-41) followed by Maryland (BB-46) (rangefinder on Turret II). My first impression of the Tennessee class (BB-43 /44) is the Tennessee (BB-43), but that is not a certain ID from this photo alone. Fourth is the Oklahoma (BB-37) (no birdbath). Aside from the DD now in the lead, I see nothing in the head-on shot aerial that positively differs from the ID's of the first 4 BB's in the first photo. Of course, in the aft aerial shot, BB #5 is the California (BB-44), ID'd by the enlarged flag bridge, lending support to BB #3 in the first photo being Tennessee. Everything I see supports these three photos all being part of the same operation with at least the first 5 BB's remaining in the same order.
Photograph # LC-USE64 - DC-000944 & partial text courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Battleship i.d. & text courtesy of Richard Jensen.
Aircraft i.d. & text & timeline courtesy of Alan Moore via the following sources: Airplane i.d.: Yorktown Class Carriers (Warship Pictorial No. 9) by Steve Wiper, Tucson, AZ: Classic Warships Publishing, 2000. & That Gallant Ship: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5) by Robert Cressman, Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Pub Co, 1985. Timeline from Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History by Paul Stillwell, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1991.
BB-40 New Mexico & family1.62kProbable front and rear photos here and above showing formations of aircraft flying over U.S. Navy battleships during exercises at sea, circa late 1930's - 1940.
In both photos, one of the New Mexico (BB-40 / 42) is leading the BB column while the remaining battleships have dual masthead fire control structures.
The air group formation in the two photos appears to be similar. The composition of 18 TBDs, 18 BT-1s, 18 SBCs, and 27 fighters is easier to distinguish in the front/surface view. I'm assuming, based on total aircraft count alone, that the formation in the rear/aerial view is the same. (The perspective makes it difficult to sort the monoplanes and biplanes into their respective types.) The only difference is that in the front/surface view the formation is lead by a Curtiss SBC Helldiver (likely the Air Group Commander) but in the rear/aerial view that lead Helldiver is not present. I suppose it's possible that the photographer was in that Helldiver's rear seat. What stands out for me is the presence of nine extra fighters beyond the normal squadron composition of 18, as seen in the other three squadrons in this formation.
Photo i.d courtesy of Chuck Haberlein, Richard Jensen, Aryeh Wetherhorn, & Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Battleship i.d. & text courtesy of Richard Jensen.
Aircraft i.d. & text courtesy of Alan Moore.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo No. 2008.104.001.234.
BB-39 Arizona1.31kBetween 9 & 13 September 1940 the Arizona (BB-39) was under way with other ships of the US Fleet for simulated fleet engagement. She is pictured here in company with other ships of the Pacific Fleet taken during Fleet Ops. and at least one carrier air group.Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore via Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History by Paul Stillwell, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1991.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2008.104.001.235 courtesy of Alan Moore.
BB-46 Maryland134kFlying officers consulting naval officers aboard battleship Maryland (BB-46).Photo courtesy of Alan K. Radecki.
BB-46 Maryland143kAviators standing aboard battleship Maryland (BB-46) at Pearl Harbor, 1941. Photographer: Peter Stackpole,courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-46 Maryland134kFlying officers consulting naval officers aboard battleship Maryland (BB-46). Photographer: Peter Stackpole, courtesy of time.com. via Life.
Attack on Pearl Harbor
BB-46 Maryland126kIn January 1941, Read Admiral Walter Stratton Anderson assumed command of Battleships, Battle Force, and also performed additional duty as Commander, Battleship Division 4. In April 1941 the designation of that command was changed to Battleships, Pacific Fleet, and additional duty as Commander, Battleship Division 4. Flying his flag on board Maryland (BB-46) , he was present at Pearl Harbor, T. H., when the Japanese attacked on 7 December 1941.Photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command via Bill Gonyo.
Hit 399k Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island shortly after the beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance. A torpedo has just hit West Virginia (BB-48) on the far side of Ford Island (center). Other battleships moored nearby are (from left): Nevada (BB-36), Arizona (BB-39), Tennessee (BB-43) (inboard of West Virginia), Oklahoma (BB-37) (torpedoed and listing) alongside Maryland (BB-46), and California (BB-44). On the near side of Ford Island, to the left, are light cruisers Detroit (CL-8) and Raleigh (CL-7), target and training ship Utah (BB-31) and seaplane tender Tangier (AV-8). Raleigh and Utah have been torpedoed, and Utah is listing sharply to port. Japanese planes are visible in the right center (over Ford Island) and over the Navy Yard at right. U.S. Navy planes on the seaplane ramp are on fire. Japanese writing in the lower right states that the photograph was reproduced by authorization of the Navy Ministry. Text courtesy of wikipedia.com.
Official U.S. Navy photograph NH 50930.
Hit 2.92k Japanese photo of Battleship Row during 7 December attack.
Note the oil spilling out from bomb & toroedo hits in the first few minutes. From left to right: Nevada (BB-36), Vestal (AR-4) (outboard), Arizona (BB-39), West Virginia (BB-48) (outboard), Tennessee (BB-43), Oklahoma (BB-37) (outboard), Maryland (BB-46), & Neosho (AO-23) forward.
Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Hit 1.01k Japanese post card of bombers over Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Hit 3.24k Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor - Hickam Field. Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
BB-46 Maryland75kPearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941. Oil fires burning on the water near Ford Island in the morning of 7 December 1941, shortly after the conclusion of the Japanese raid. Maryland (BB-46) is in the center background. A harbor tug is at right. Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-19951, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-37 Oklahoma 86k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Tom Freeman entitled "Last Torpedo". The Oklahoma (BB-37) starts to capsize. The ship had no watertight integrity, as all portholes and watertight doors were open for Captain's inspection when the Japanese attacked. Maryland (BB-46) is at left, and Tennessee (BB-43) is behind and to the left of the Oklahoma, and West Virginia (BB-48) is directly behind her and sinking. Photo and partial text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com
The Raid on Pearl Harbor63kOil on canvas painting by the artist Ivan Berryman entitled "The Raid on Pearl Harbor, 7th December 1941," depicting the view across 'Battleship Row', viewed from above Ford Island as the Nevada (BB-36) gallantly makes her break for the open sea, coming under heavy attack from Japanese A6M2s from the carrier Hiryu. The Nevada was eventually too badly damaged to continue and was beached to avoid blocking the harbour entrance. In the immediate foreground, the lightly damaged Tennessee (BB-43) is trapped inboard of West Virginia (BB-48) which has sunk at her moorings, leaking burning oil and hampering the daring operations to pluck trapped crew members from her decks, while just visible to the right is the stern of the Maryland (BB-46) and the capsized Oklahoma (BB-37). Photo and partial text courtesy of military-art.com.
BB-46 Maryland103kView of "Battleship Row" from the head of 1010 dock, during or immediately after the Japanese raid. Arizona (BB-39) is sunk and burning at right. West Virginia (BB-48) is in the right center, sunk alongside Tennessee (BB-43), with oil fires shrouding them both. The capsized Oklahoma (BB-37) is in the left center, alongside Maryland (BB-46). Note wire spools in the right foreground, one marked "Crescent Wire & Cable Co., Trenton, N.J.".Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-32691, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-37 Oklahoma 99k Rescue teams at work on the capsized hull of Oklahoma (BB-37), seeking crew members trapped inside, 7 December 1941. The starboard bilge keel is visible at the top of the upturned hull. Officers' Motor Boats from Oklahoma and Argonne (AG-31) are in the foreground. Maryland (BB-46) is in the background. Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-19941, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-46 Maryland36kOfficers' Motor Boats from either the Oklahoma (BB-37), or Argonne (AG-31) pass the capsized hull of Oklahoma. The Maryland (BB-46) is in the background.Official USN photo courtesy of USNI / USN.
BB-46 Maryland97kView looking down "Battleship Row" from Ford Island Naval Air Station, shortly after the Japanese torpedo plane attack.California (BB-44) is at left, listing to port after receiving two torpedo hits. In the center are Maryland (BB-46) with the capsized Oklahoma (BB-37) alongside. Neosho(AO-23) is at right, backing clear of the area. Most smoke is from Arizona (BB-39). Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-32640, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-46 Maryland88k Maryland (BB-46) alongside the capsized Oklahoma (BB-37), West Virginia (BB-48) is burning in the background.Submitted by Scott Dyben.
USNHC # 80-G-19949, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-46 Maryland140k Maryland (BB-46) at Pearl Harbor with the upturned Oklahoma (BB-37) in the background.Text courtesy of Robert W. Langill, photo courtesy of Hyperwar WWII.
BB-37 Oklahoma 78k The capsized hull of Oklahoma (BB-37), with a barge alongside to support rescue efforts, probably on 8 December 1941. Maryland (BB-46) is at right, and California (BB-44) is in the center distance. Official USN photo # 80-G-32453, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-39 Arizona116kAerial view of "Battleship Row" moorings on the southern side of Ford Island, 10 December 1941, showing damage from the Japanese raid three days earlier. In upper left is the sunken California (BB-44), with smaller vessels clustered around her. Diagonally, from left center to lower right are: Maryland (BB-46), lightly damaged, with the capsized Oklahoma (BB-37) outboard. A barge is alongside Oklahoma, supporting rescue efforts.Tennessee (BB-43), lightly damaged, with the sunken West Virginia (BB-48) outboard. Arizona (BB-39), sunk, with her hull shattered by the explosion of the magazines below the two forward turrets. Note dark oil streaks on the harbor surface, originating from the sunken battleships. Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-387565, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-46 Maryland56k Maryland (BB-46) at Pearl Harbor or Puget Sound before having her cage mast cut down. She is protected by anti-torpedo nets.USN photo.
Salvage & Repair
BB-46 Maryland114k Maryland (BB-46) at Puget Sound on 9 February 1942. The remaining Pacific Fleet battleships were kept at a 48 hour state of readiness due to invasion fears on the West Coast. Very little rebuild work could be done with this sailing time restriction. Little damaged at Pearl Harbor, she sailed for the main land as soon as she could be freed from her docking quay. Visible are the splinter shields on her 5"/25 mounts. She still carries 5"/51 guns in casemates.USNHC # NH 19-N-28341, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-46 Maryland61k Maryland (BB-46) at Puget Sound on 9 February 1942.USN photo courtesy of Seattle NARA RG-181, submitted by Tracy White.
BB-46 Maryland684kThe Maryland (BB-46) 8 November 1942. Her aft cage mast has already been reduced half way.
Both the Colorado (BB-45) and the Maryland sported the cut down main mast with four 20mm on the top platform. It was probable cut down to save top side weight given the increased AA battery and because it was a fast conversion given that they were the only BB's available on the west coast following Pearl Harbor (Maryland being the least damaged BB after the attack and Colorado being in Bremerton at the time of the attack.) Colorado lost hers after Tarawa and the Maryland after Kwajalein.
Photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky. Text courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
BB-46 Maryland670kThe Maryland (BB-46) 8 November 1942. with increased AA protection, cut down cage mast and sporting Navy Blue paint. Deck logs show she was leaving Hawaii enroute to Fiji. Photo courtesy of Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland124kAnchored at Havannah Bay in the New Hebrides, circa October 1943, the Maryland (BB-46) and her sister Colorado (BB-45) were used to guard the Southern shipping lanes to and from Australia. In this photo you can easily see her cut down stump cage mainmast, carrying searchlights and 20mm A.A. guns. She was vulnerable as at this time she was only equipped with one main battery director, the other having been mounted on her former mainmast structure. If she had lost use of this director, she would have had only local, turret control of her main battery. This situation was not rectified until she was rebuilt in April, 1944.USN photo i.d. courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn.
BB-46 Maryland75kTarawa Invasion, November 1943. Maryland (BB-46) firing her after 16"/45 guns, during the pre-invasion bombardment of Tarawa, 20 November 1943. Rear Admiral Harry W. Hill, Commander, Task Force 53, and members of his staff are observing the bombardment from Maryland's port bridge, in the foreground.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-54398, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-46 Maryland220kUndated photo of the Maryland (BB-46) taking turret gun powder from an LST.Courtesy of Joe Radigan / USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland83k12 November 1943 photo of the Maryland (BB-46) firing practice salvos for the upcoming Tarawa invasion. Beginning 19th November, her 16" main battery would be providing fire support for the troops invading Tarawa.USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland88kMaryland (BB-46) follows Tennessee (BB-43), in mid-Pacific, November 1943. Originally near sisters, note difference in beam and silhouette. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Warships of W.W. II by Paul H. Silverman, submitted by Robert Hurst.
BB-46 Maryland89kBow view, underway in March 1944.USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland42k Maryland's (BB-46) bow view, starboard side at Puget Sound, Washington, 25 April 1944.USN photo # 1414-44, from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19N), Box 4, courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-46 Maryland58k Maryland (BB-46) stern view, starboard side at Puget Sound, Washington, 25 April 1944.USN photo # 1416-44, from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19N), Box 4, courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-46 Maryland85k26 April 1944 photo of the Maryland (BB-46) as rebuilt with the small control tower structure. She still retains her early war 5"/25 caliber dual purpose secondary mounts. These were not replaced with the twin 5"/38 caliber mounts until she was repaired from Kamikaze damage which occurred on 29 November 1944.USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland393k Maryland (BB-46) in April 1944.USN photo # 80-G-455340 via National Archives via David Buell. Photo i.d. courtesy of Chuck Haberlein.
BB-46 Maryland312kMaryland (BB-46) slowly moving at an unknown location. Rebuilt in April, 1944, the ship had her stub cage mainmast replaced with a short tower superstructure, as seen here. Source: Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 302664 via Mike Green.
BB-46 Maryland518kStarboard side view taken at an altitude of 300 feet of the Maryland (BB-46) running post-overhaul speed trials in Puget Sound, Washington, 5 May 1944. US National Archives photo # 80G-433934 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-46 Maryland671kMaryland (BB-46) off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, 5 May 1944. Later that day she sailed westward 5 May to participate in the biggest campaign yet attempted in the Pacific war-Saipan. Vice Adm. R. K. Turner allotted TF 52.3 days to soften up the island before the assault. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
US National Archives photo # 80G-433933 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-46 Maryland107kGeneral view of the bow from the attack of 22 June 1944 by a Japanese airplane which dropped a torpedo which opened a gaping hole in Maryland's (BB-46) bow, ports side. Casualties were light and in 15 minutes she was underway for Eniwetok, and shortly thereafter to the repair yards at Pearl Harbor. With an around-the-clock effort by the shipyard workers, on 19 August, 34 days after arrival, the ship again steamed forth for the war zone.USN photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19N), Box4, courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-46 Maryland54kEntering drydock at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard 10 July 1944, for torpedo (aerial) damage repair and the replacement of her bow. USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland413kClose-up starboard side view of the damaged bow on 10 July 1944, showing the Maryland (BB-46) in Dry Dock No. 2 at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard before any repair work begins.Source: Hawaiian War Records Depository, Photo No. MD 4, from the Robert F. Walden Collection, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-46 Maryland392k Close-up port side view of the damaged bow on 10 July 1944, showing the Maryland (BB-46) in Dry Dock No. 2 at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard before any repair work beginsSource: Hawaiian War Records Depository, Photo No. MD 6, from the Robert F. Walden Collection, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-46 Maryland247kMaryland (BB-46) in Dry Dock No. 2 at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard. The damaged bow has been removed and scaffolding is in place, waiting for the new bow sections to be installed. Source: Hawaiian War Records Depository, Photo No. MD 09, from the Robert F. Walden Collection, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-46 Maryland300kThe new upper bow section is completed and will be installed when rebuild work is completed onboard the Maryland (BB-46). Source: Hawaiian War Records Depository, Photo No. MD 13, from the Robert F. Walden Collection, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-46 Maryland368kUpper bow assembly being constructed in Pearl Harbor Navy Yard fabrication shop.Source: Hawaiian War Records Depository, Photo No. MD 16, from the Robert F. Walden Collection, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-46 Maryland296kThe lower bow subassembly is being moved from the fabrication shop to the dry dock. Source: Hawaiian War Records Depository, Photo No. MD 17, from the Robert F. Walden Collection, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-46 Maryland297kUpper bow is being moved into place and fitted onto the bow of the Maryland (BB-46). Source: Hawaiian War Records Depository, Photo No. MD 21, from the Robert F. Walden Collection, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-46 Maryland334kWith repairs completed and the dry dock flooded, the Maryland (BB-46) is being eased out into the harbor on 10 August 1944. Source: Hawaiian War Records Depository, Photo No. MD 25, from the Robert F. Walden Collection, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-46 Maryland82k Maryland (BB-46) is hit by a "Kamikaze" suicide plane in the evening of 29 November 1944, while operating off Leyte.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-270627, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-36 Nevada284kAt Ulithi, 27 January 1945 the Pensacola (CA-24) formed with a battleship-cruiser-destroyer gun strike task force under Rear Admiral B. J. Rodgers. Six battleships, four cruisers and a destroyer screen comprised the bombardment force which sailed 10 February via Tinian to Iwo Jima.
Pictured here are the Nevada (BB-36), Maryland (BB-46) & Pensacola .
Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # USN N-3173, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-46 Maryland96k Maryland (BB-46) 5in/25cal gun and crew in action 1944.USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland277kLT R.D. Cosgrove at Pearl Harbor on board the Maryland (BB-46) in early 1945 after his tour with VT-15 and while he was exec of VT-100 at Barbers Point.Photo courtesy of Michael Cosgrove.
BB-46 Maryland21kDamage from a "Kamikaze" suicide plane on the Maryland (BB-46), 7 April 1945.Photo from WWII Damage Reports, courtesy of NavSea / dcfp.navy.mil.
BB-46 Maryland40kOff Puget Sound Navy Yard after her final wartime overhaul on l5 August 1945. USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland85kA colored photo of the Maryland (BB-46) off Puget Sound Navy Yard after her final wartime overhaul on l5 August 1945. Courtesy of Eric Dahlstrom.
BB-46 Maryland101k A line drawing by A.L. Raven of the Maryland (BB-46) in August 1945, as refitted with twin 5in/38 guns. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-46 Maryland67k View of the Mainmast looking aft, starboard side of the Maryland (BB-46) on 21 August 1945 at her final refitting at Puget Sound Navy Yard. Photo and text courtesy of Seattle NARA photo #45/4089. Record Group 181, 13th Naval District, Records of the Naval District & Shore Establishments, courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-46 Maryland64k View of the foremast radar looking forward, of the Maryland (BB-46) on 21 August 1945 at her final refitting at Puget Sound Navy Yard. Photo and text courtesy of Seattle NARA photo #45/4090. Record Group 181, 13th Naval District, Records of the Naval District & Shore Establishments, courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-46 Maryland47k View of the foremast radar looking aft, of the Maryland (BB-46) on 21 August 1945 at her final refitting at Puget Sound Navy Yard. Photo and text courtesy of Seattle NARA photo #45/4085. Record Group 181, 13th Naval District, Records of the Naval District & Shore Establishments, courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Post War / Scrapping
BB-46 Maryland116kBow on view of the Maryland (BB-46) sometime after her final refitting at Puget Sound Navy Yard on 21 August 1945 and prior to her decommissioning 3 April 1947. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-46 Maryland155kBroadside view of the Maryland (BB-46) sometime after her final refitting at Puget Sound Navy Yard on 21 August 1945.
Note the bow of an aircraft carrier off the Maryland's bow.
USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-46 Maryland351kSilhouette shot of Maryland (BB-46) probably taken in 1945 at Puget after overhaul and armament upgrade. BuShips photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-46 Maryland116kAnchored in what is probably PSNY, the Maryland (BB-46) gets ready to return to the almost finished war and then would enter the "Magic Carpet" fleet.
During the next 4 months she made five voyages between the west coast and Pearl Harbor, returning more than 8,000 combat veterans to the United States.
USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-46 Maryland774kColorado (BB-45) and Maryland (BB-46) shown docked at San Diego, California on 14 November 1945. Both ships, taking part in "Magic Carpet" duties, have just finished bringing a load of veterans from Pearl Harbor Navy Yard to San Diego. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-354581 courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-46 Maryland908kMaryland (BB-46) invitation for the placing the ship in reserve commission, 15 July 1946. Photo courtey of Thomas Becher.
BB-46 Maryland73kView of the Maryland (BB-46) & her main and secondary armament, taken from the West Virginia (BB-48) at Puget Sound NSY in 1946. Photo courtesy of West Virginia Web Page, submitted by Joe MacDonald.
Puget Sound NSY102kThe Alabama (BB-60) is seen tied up to pier 90 at Puget Sound Navy Yard in September, 1946. Directly behind her is the Bunker Hill (CV-17). The foremast and bridge of either the Colorado (BB-45) or Maryland (BB-46) is moored several piers away.Courtesy of Mike Green from Leeward Publications/ SHIP'S DATA (2 & 3) Naval Supply News, Volume 5, No. 18, 6 September 1946 by the U.S. Naval Station at Seattle, Washington.
Puget Sound NSY94kThe Alabama (BB-60) is seen at Puget Sound Navy Yard in September, 1946 being maneuvered by tugs into position in the slipway between pier 90 and pier 91. She was placed in commission in reserve on 21 August 1946 and will be joined by her sister Indiana (BB-58) in a few days. The carrier next to her is the Bunker Hill (CV-17) and the Colorado (BB-45) or Maryland (BB-46) can be seen in the background, several piers away.Courtesy of Mike Green from Leeward Publications/ SHIP'S DATA (2 & 3) Naval Supply News, Volume 5, No. 18 - 6 September 1946 by the U.S. Naval Station at Seattle, Washington.
BB-46 Maryland83k Maryland (BB-46) as she appeared after August 1946, probably after the Magic Carpet rides when she made five voyages between the west coast and Pearl Harbor, returning more than 8,000 combat veterans to the United States. USN photo courtey of Ed Dorsey & Steve Pavlosky.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
Puget Sound NSY1.10kPuget Sound NSY around 1948. There are five mothballed Essex class (CV-9) carriers at the left. To the right of the carriers are five battleships.
I believe they are Alabama (BB-60), West Virginia (BB-48), Maryland (BB-46), Indiana (BB-58), Colorado (BB-45).
USN Photo courtesy of Joe MacDonald.
Puget Sound NSY1.10kSEA GOING PIPELINE
The soon to be scrapped battleships Maryland (BB-46) & West Virginia (BB-48) lie anchored in the background.
Bremerton Sun photo, 11 February 1959, submitted by Joe MacDonald.
Puget Sound NSY1.82kDREDGING NEARING COMPLETION
....The soon to be scrapped battleships at right, Maryland (BB-46) & West Virginia (BB-48), stand guard over the pipeline...
Bremerton Sun photo, 15 May 1959, submitted by Joe MacDonald.
BB-46 Maryland43k Maryland (BB-46) lays at anchor at Todd shipyard in Alameda California in August 1959 awaiting scrapping. Photo courtey of Don Safer & submitted by Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland21k Maryland (BB-46) lays at anchor at Todd shipyard in Alameda California in August 1959 awaiting scrapping. Note her secondary armament encased in the "cocoons". Photo courtey of Don Safer & submitted by Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland25kLooking up at the Maryland (BB-46) as she lays at anchor at Todd shipyard in Alameda California in August 1959 awaiting scrapping. Note her secondary armament encased in the "cocoons". Photo courtey of Don Safer & submitted by Steve Pavlosky.
BB-46 Maryland359k 1959 photo showing the Maryland (BB-46) at Alameda, California in 1959 awaiting scrapping.USNHC # 50170, now in the collections of the National Archives.
(NISMF)376kA guest studies a painting depicting the history of battleships. The artwork was painted by George Skybeck and presented to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association during their annual banquet at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 December 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil, Defense Visual Information Center.
World War II Memorial371k A quote made by Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz is inscribed on a granite wall at the National World War II Memorial located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Fleet Adm. Nimitz was the United States signatory to the surrender terms aboard the battleship Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, Japan on 2 September 1945, thus ending World War II. Established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, the memorial honors all military veterans of World War II, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nationís call to arms. On 29 May 2004, the memorial was formally dedicated with an estimated 200,000 people expected to attend, and includes 100,000 visiting veterans of all wars. USN photo # N-0295M-011 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain, courtesy of news.navy.mil.

Maryland BB-46 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Richard W Beaman
Address: Watsonville, CA,
Phone: 408-722-4966
E-mail: None


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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
HyperWar Pacific Theater of Operations.
Pearl Harbor Attack: Commander Battle Force Action Report Naval Historical Center

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