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BB-47 WASHINGTON
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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 New York, Shipbuilding, Camden, NJ., 30 June 1919. Launched, 1 September 1921. Construction on Washington (BB-47) was stopped 8 February 1922, when she was 75.9% complete due to the terms of Washington Naval Treaty.
Fate: Sunk as a target by the Battleships Texas (BB-35) and New York (BB-34), 26 November 1924.

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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.
BB-47 Washington 139k Keel of the Washington (BB-47) starboard side looking aft, temporary position on Ways "K", New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, 1 July 1919. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 110k Washington (BB-47) view looking aft,foreground assembling long torpedo on the ground, background (extreme) work proceeding on ways foundation, New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, 1 October 1919. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 221k Washington (BB-47) view from the stern, New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, 1 January 1920. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 276k View from bow of the Washington (BB-47), at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, 1 January 1920. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 230k Bow view looking aft of the Washington (BB-47), 12 April 1920 while under construction at NY Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 245k Stern view looking forward of the Washington (BB-47), 12 April 1920 while under construction at NY Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 191k Starboard quarter view of the Washington (BB-47), at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, 12 April 1920. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 185k Bow view of the Washington (BB-47), New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, 1 July 1920. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 271k Washington (BB-47) view from the port quarter, New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, 1 July 1920. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 272k Bow view of the Washington (BB-47), New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, October 1920. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 288k Stern view of the Washington (BB-47), New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, 26 October 1920. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 184k View taken from starboard quarter of the Washington (BB-47), 6 January 1921 while under construction at NY Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 225k View taken from port quarter of the Washington (BB-47), 6 January 1921 while under construction at NY Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ. Print somewhat obscured, but what looks like "trimming machine" is mentioned in the description. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 258k Washington (BB-47) under construction at NY Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ. Script on back of photo says "Progress View - Stern View, 15 January 1921." US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 230k "Progress view - Bow View of the Washington (BB-47), 15 January 1921." Deck under construction at NY Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 236k Washington (BB-47) view from the port quarter, New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, 1 April 1921. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 314k Bow view of the Washington (BB-47) under construction at NY Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ, 7 July 1921. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 241k Washington (BB-47) view of the starboard bow, New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, 7 July 1921. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
Plowshares 1.274k APPOINTED SPONSOR.
Miss Harriet Joan Summers will name the dreadnought Washington (BB-47), in Camden.
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Photo & text by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 11 July 1921, NIGHT EXTRA, Image 22, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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BB-47 Washington 120k Washington (BB-47) starboard after poppet & packing at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, 1 September 1921. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 107k Washington (BB-47) starboard fore poppet & packing at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, 1 September 1921. US National Archives photo from NARA, College Park, Maryland, Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 161k Bow of the Washington (BB-47), 1 September 1921. Digital ID # ggbain 32937, LC-B2- 5531-10. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-47 Washington 173k Stern and view of Washington's (BB-47) propellers, 1 September 1921. Digital ID # ggbain 32932v, LC-B2-5531-1A. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-47 Washington 173k Starboard bow view of the Washington (BB-47) before her launching, 1 September 1921. Digital ID # ggbain 32936v, LC-B2-5531-9. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Plowshares 1.274k Giant Warship Leaving Ways and its Sponsor
The superdreadnought Washington (BB-47) taking the water at Camden, N. J.,yesterday and Miss Jean Summers, ten-year-old daughter of representative J. W. Summers, of Walla Walla, Wa., who christened the vessel with a bottle of water taken from the rivers of her native state.
Image provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 2 September 1921, Image 63, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Plowshares 713k UNCLE SAM'S NEWEST BATTLESHIP, the Washington (BB-47), leaving the ways-at Camden, N. J., where it was christened on the first of September. Pretty little Jean Summers (in the oval}, daughter of Representative and Mrs. J. W. Summers, of Washington, was the youthful sponsor of this greatest of dreadnoughts. Image provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 11 September 1921, Image 63, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-47 Washington 369k The launching of the Washington (BB-47), 1 September 1921 at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey. US National Archives photo # 19-lc-22D 47, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert, Webmaster & Editor ModelWarships.com.
BB-47 Washington 135k The launching of the Washington (BB-47), at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 1 September 1921. Photographed by the Aero Service Corporation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Colorado (BB-45) is fitting out in the wet basin at the end of the covered ship ways building. The two 535-foot passenger liners fitting out in the upper left are S.S. Southern Cross, converted later as the Wharton (AP-7), and S.S. Hoosier State. Washington's construction ceased in February 1922, under the terms of the Naval Limitations Treaty, and she was sunk as a target in 1924. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 105177. Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2007.
New York, Shipbuilding 98k
Inscription: "Bird's Eye View of New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, N.J." Copyright 1921, this view shows all the elements of the World War I expansion, as well as Yorkship Village rising from the former Cooper farm at top center. The Yard looked much like this when the Washington (BB-47) was constructed here.
Colorado is fitting out in the wet basin at the end of the covered ship ways building. Two 535-foot passenger liners are also fitting out, in the upper left of the photo.
Photo & partial text courtesy of New York Shipbuilding., yorkship.home.comcast.net. Photo i.d. courtesy of Charles R. Haberlein Jr.

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