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BB-47 WASHINGTON
Construction - Sinking


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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 Febuary 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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BB-47 Washington 105k Partial stern view of the Washington (BB-47), 30 September 1921. Note her name written on the side of her stern. Photo # 19-N-9774-11(?), from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 110k Washington (BB-47) general view looking aft, New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, 30 September 1921. Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 148k A freighter sails past the Washington (BB-47), as she lies in her berth next to a steamer, 30 September 1921. Photo # 19-N-9774(?), from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 148k Washington (BB-47) bow view looking aft, New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, 31 December 1921. Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 1.0m The Washington (BB-47) as she would appear when completed. USNIP., Jan., 1922. USNI Photo Navy Recruiting Bureau, N.Y.. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-47 Washington 118k Interior view of the Washington (BB-47) under construction at NY Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ. Script on back of photo says "Feb. 04, 1922". Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 89k View of the Washington (BB-47) looking towards her two main turrets under construction at NY Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ. Script on back of photo says "Feb. 04, 1922". Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 100k Stern view of the Washington (BB-47) under construction at NY Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ. Script on back of photo says ""Feb. 04, 1922". Note the sign on her stern saying "Twin screws, keep clear of propellers." Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 85k Starboard side view of the Washington (BB-47) tied up to the NY Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ. docks. Script on back of photo says ""Feb. 04, 1922". Four days from the date of this picture, work was stopped on her construction. Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 238k Washington (BB-47) "Being fitted out in wet slip - Looking forward from bow. Taken from overhead crane. Feb 04, 1922". Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 98k The Washington (BB-47), photographed from the South Yard of the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, on 5 April 1922. Her construction had been suspended some two months previously, under the terms of the Washington Naval Limitations treaty. Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 122k View of the Washington (BB-47), taken from her superstructure, looking aft, photographed from the South Yard of the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, on 5 April 1922. Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19-LC), Box 23. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 66k Sligtly different angle from the above photo of the Washington (BB-47), photographed from the South Yard of the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, on 5 April 1922. Photo # 19-N-9771, from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19-LC), Roll 18. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-47 Washington 93k Incomplete hulk of the Washington (BB-47) being towed out to sea. Among the many not completed features, note the partially completed cage mast. USN photo courtesy of maritimequest.com.
BB-47 Washington 173k Drawing by the artist Barclay of the Washington (BB-47) underway, had she been completed, 1921. Digital ID # ggbain 32989v, LC-B2-5536-4. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection. Photo added 11/06/08.
BB-47 Washington 64k A salvo from the battleship New York (BB-34) strikes the Washington (BB-47) on her starboard side while the ship was used as a target off Virginia Capes, Virginia, 26 November 1924. The battleship Texas (BB-35) is in the background. USN photo courtesy of maritimequest.com.
BB-47 Washington 115k 26 November 1924, off Virginia Capes, after being battered by fourteen 14" hits from the New York (BB-34) and Texas (BB-35), the incomplete Washington (BB-47) starts to sink after gunfire tests. USN photo.
BB-47 Washington 146k Final moments of Washington(BB-47) on 26 November 1924. The Battleship New York (BB-34) is in the background. USN photo.
(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 Dec 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.

BB-47 WASHINGTON History
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