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BB-52 NORTH CAROLINA


South Dakota Class Battleship: Displacement: 43,200 tons. Dimensions: 684' (length overall); 106' (maximum beam). Powerplant: 60,000 horsepower steam turbines with electric drive, producing a 23 knot maximum speed. Armament (Main Battery): Twelve 16"/50 guns in four triple turrets. Armament (Secondary Battery): Sixteen 6"/53 guns in single mountings (eight guns on each side of the ship). 8 3"/50cal AA, 2 21 inch torpedo tubes (submerged). Armor: 8-13.5 inch belt, 3.5 inch deck, 4.5-13.5 inch barbettes, 5-18 inch turrets, 8-16 inch CT.Crew: 1191.

Operational and Building Data: From the DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL FIGHTING SHIPS, Laid down at Norfolk Navy Yard 12 January 1920. However, work was halted 8 February 1922 when 36.7% complete under terms of the Washington Treaty for the Limitation of Naval Armaments, and the battleship's uncompleted hull sold for scrapping 25 October 1923. Her name was struck from the Navy List 10 November 1923.

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BB-52 North Carolina 116k Port side forward view of the North Carolina (BB-52) on the building ways at Norfolk Navy Yard, Va., 18 January 1920. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 110k On the building ways at Norfolk Navy Yard, VA.View on port side looking aft, 28 January 1920. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 107k On the building ways at Norfolk Navy Yard, VA. View Looking foreward, 30 March 1920. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 111k On the building ways at Norfolk Navy Yard, VA. View Looking foreward, 30 March 1920. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 101k On the building ways at Norfolk Navy Yard, VA. View from the bow looking aft, 24 April 1920. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 106k Looking aft, 22 June 1920. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 102k On the building ways at Norfolk Navy Yard, VA.View looking forward, 28 June 1920. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 105k On the building ways at Norfolk Navy Yard, VA. Amidship's looking aft, 29 September 1920. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 109k On the building ways at Norfolk Navy Yard, VA. View from forward of the bow looking aft, 29 September 1920. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 89k On the building ways at Norfolk Navy Yard, VA. View from aft end looking forward. 29 December 1920. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 98k On the building ways at Norfolk Navy Yard, VA. Looking forward from the stern, 3 January 1921. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 105k Looking aft while on building ways at Navy Yard Norfolk, VA., 29 June 1921. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 108k Profile of bow on building ways at Norfolk Navy Yard, VA., 29 June 1921. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 105k On the building ways at Norfolk Navy Yard, VA. View from amidship looking aft, 29 June 1921. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 87k Third deck amidships looking aft. Note the forward two 16"/50 turrets. Norfolk Navy Yard, VA., 26 July 1921. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 125k North Carolina (BB-52) on the building ways at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, in September 1921, showing red lead paint test areas on her hull sides. Construction has stopped, she was scrapped in place. USNHC # NH 92856.
BB-52 North Carolina 98k Third Deck amidships looking forward, Norfolk Navy Yard, VA. 26 September 1921. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 90k On the building ways at Norfolk Navy Yard, VA. View of the third deck amidships looking aft, 26 September 1921. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-52 North Carolina 98k Looking aft from the bow, Norfolk Navy Yard, VA. 26 March 1922. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
South Dakota Class 329k
Oil on canvas painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci showing a South Dakota class (BB-49 /54) battleship as it probable would have appeared circa 1938. The piece is entitled "Clearing St George's Light".
Photo and text courtesy of artbywayne.com
BB-49 South Dakota 161k On display in East Willard Park, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., in October 1974. This gun is Number 111, built at the Washington Navy Yard in 1922 for planned installation on the abortive South Dakota class (BB-49 /54) battleships and Lexington (CC-1-6) class battle cruisers. Note railway trucks supporting the gun barrel. The two sixteen-inch projectiles displayed alongside the gun are inert shells fired by New Jersey (BB-62) into San Clemente Island, California, during shore bombardment practice in 1968. USN Historical Center # NH 81481
BB-49 South Dakota 181k Sixteen-inch, 50 Caliber, Mark 2, Mod. 1 Gun Barrel On display in East Willard Park, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., in October 1974. This gun is Number 111, built at the Washington Navy Yard in 1922 for planned installation on the abortive South Dakota class (BB-49 /54) battleships and Lexington (CC-1-6) class battle cruisers. Note railway trucks supporting the gun barrel. The two sixteen-inch projectiles displayed alongside the gun are inert shells fired by New Jersey (BB-62) into San Clemente Island, California, during shore bombardment practice in 1968. USN Historical Center # NH 81482
(NISMF)371kA 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.

BB-52 NORTH CAROLINA History
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