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BB-52 NORTH CAROLINA

Radio Call Sign: November - India - Sierra - Kilo


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.
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3.53k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., C-3844 - Dredging Slips No. 3 & 4 from N.W. H.P. Converse Co.,7 February 1920. National Archives Identifier: 52559245
Local Identifier 181-V-2518,
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
BB-52
015223
2.70k North Carolina (BB-52) under construction from January to November 1920. She is in the background of these photos as the photographer was documenting the construction of a pier at Norfolk Navy Yard.
If you look at the mid - left of the photo showing the cab of the locomotive to the left above the train's smokestack you can see Battleship 52 written.
U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., 22 March 1920. C-4044 Quay Wall north of slip No. 3 looking E. H.P. Converse Co.
National Archives Identifier: 52559327
Local Identifier 181-V-2559.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
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
015230
4.23k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., C-3844 Dredging slip No. 3 from West, 30 March 1920.National Archives Identifier: 52559351
Local Identifier 181-V-2571.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
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
015232
2.85k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va. C-4044 quay wall slip No. 3 from the west, H.P. Converse Co, 30 April 1920.National Archives Identifier: 52559415
Local Identifier 181-V-2603.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
BB-52
015226
1.83k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., Hammer Head Traveling Crane from west, McMyler Interstate Co., Cont. #4092, Pier No. 4, H.P. Converse Co., Cont. #2691, 11 May 1920.National Archives Identifier: 52559713
Local Identifier 181-V-2754.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
BB-52
015231
3.20k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., C-3844 and C-4044 dredging and quay wall slip No. 3 from the west, H.P. Converse Co, 19 May 1920.National Archives Identifier: 52559447
Local Identifier 181-V-2619.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
BB-52
015240
1.45k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., location of bronze tablet on No.4 dry dock, 15 June 1920.National Archives Identifier: 52559495
Local Identifier 181-V-2645.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
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.
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2.12k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.. C-3844. Dredging Slip No. 3 from NW. H.P. Converse Co., 31 August 1920.National Archives Identifier: 52559621
Local Identifier 181-V-2708.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
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
015241
2.61k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., Quay Wall from north west, H.P. Converse Co., Cont. #4044., 1 October 1920.Local Identifier 181-V-2724.
Photo courtesy of Daniel Hacker.
BB-52
015239
2.13k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., Quay Wall from north west, H.P. Converse Co., Cont. #4044., 1 October 1920.National Archives Identifier: 52559653
Local Identifier 181-V-2724.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
BB-52
015225
3.12k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., Quay wall from west, H.P. Converse Co., Cont. #4044, 6 October 1920.National Archives Identifier: 52559665
Local Identifier 181-V-2730.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
BB-52
015227
3.06k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., Quay wall from west, H.P. Converse Co., Cont. #4044, 8 November 1920, National Archives Identifier: 52559703
Local Identifier 181-V-2749.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
BB-52
015238
1.10k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., Hammerhead traveling crane from south west, McMyler Interstate Co., Cont. #4092, 20 November 1920.National Archives Identifier: 52559735
Local Identifier 181-V-2765.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
BB-52
015228
2.26k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., 10 Ton Special 40 ton Cranes at the Ship Building Ways, Cont. #2308, 7 December 1920.National Archives Identifier: 52559795
Local Identifier 181-V-2795
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
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
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1.54k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., C-4092, Two hammerhead cranes from west, McMyler Interstate Co. 31 January 1921.National Archives Identifier: 52559893
Local Identifier 181-V-2847.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
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
015237
675k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., Cont 4491 Quay Wall #3 looking N.W., 12 December 1921.National Archives Identifier: 52559951
Local Identifier 181-V-2913.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
BB-52 North Carolina NR SECRETARY DENBY MAKES TOUR OF INSPECTION OF WASHINGTON NAVY YARD.
As a result of the conference on limitation of armament, this spot in the Washington navy yard may become the "graveyard" of the Navy Department. Photograph shows finished guns of various calibers. Intended for battleships yet to be built by Uncle Sam. The Secretary is accompanied by Admiral Coontz, chief of naval operations; Admiral McVay, chief of the bureau of ordnance, and other Navy officials.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by Evening Star.([volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 19 December 1921, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-52
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813k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., Quay wall No. 3 looking south, Cont. #4491, 6 March 1922.National Archives Identifier: 52559983
Local Identifier 181-V-2929.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
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.
BB-52
015235
750k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., Ext. Wharf "C", Cont. #4777, 2 July 1922.National Archives Identifier: 52559995
Local Identifier 181-V-2935.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
BB-49
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NR North Carolina (BB-52) being scrapped at Norfolk navy yard in accordance with the Washington naval treaty. Image and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Photo by The Washburn Leader. [volume] (Washburn, McLean County, N.D.) 1890-1986, 14 July 1922, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-52
015233
965k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.,Extension Wharf "C", Looking west, Cont. #4777, 23 April 1923.National Archives Identifier: 52560031
Local Identifier 181-V-2954.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
BB-52
015234
837k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., Ext. Wharf "C", Cont. #4777, 1 June 1923.National Archives Identifier: 52560045
Local Identifier 181-V-2962.
catalog.archives.gov via Daniel Hacker.
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
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3.30k10 April 1941 Newspaper clipping on the North Carolina family of ships.Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
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.

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