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|380k||Circa 1950's photo of the Wisconsin (BB-64).||USN photo courtesy of David Buell.|
|263k||Wisconsin (BB-64) underway in the early/mid Fifties. She still has all of her 40MM quad mounts.||Photo courtesy of David Buell.|
|1.20k||Wisconsin (BB-64) postwar, note the 40mm quads missing from tubs forward and forward of the #3 turret, but she now has SK-2 radar. This was about the time she and New Jersey (BB-62) did the Midshipman's cruise together that was documented in the National Geographic.||USN photo courtesy of David Buell.|
|68k||Battleship Division Two: In line abreast formation, 7 June 1954, in the Virginia Capes operating area, on the only occasion that all Iowa class (BB-61 / 66) battleships were photographed operating together. Ship closest to the camera is Iowa (BB-61). The others are (from near to far):Wisconsin (BB-64); Missouri (BB-63) and New Jersey (BB-62).||Official USN photo # 80-G-638938, now in the collections of the National Archives.|
|29k||Battleship Division Two: In line abreast formation, 7 June 1954, in the Virginia Capes operating area, on the only occasion that all four Iowa class (BB-61 / 66)s were photographed operating together. Ship closest to the camera is Iowa (BB-61). The others are (from near to far):Wisconsin (BB-64); Missouri (BB-63) and New Jersey (BB-62).||Official USN photo courtesy of martinipundit.com.|
|69k||Battleship Division Two Steaming in column, 7 June 1954, in the Virginia Capes operating area, on the only occasion that all Iowa class (BB-61 / 66) battleships were photographed operating together. Ship leading the column is Wisconsin (BB-64). The others are (in no particular order): Iowa (BB-61); New Jersey (BB-62) and Missouri (BB-63).||Official USN photo # 80-G-638966, now in the collections of the National Archives.|
|297k||Oil on canvas painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci showing Battleship Division 2 off the Virginia Capes on 7 June 1954. They are (F to B ) Iowa (BB-61), Wisconsin (BB-64), Missouri (BB-63), New Jersey (BB-62).||Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com|
|63k||Photo taken from the radar platform on the foremast of Chewaucan (AOG-50), very early on a Sunday morning. New Jersey (BB-62) and Missouri BB-63, sitting side by side in reserve at Norfolk, Va, summer of 1954. The New Jersey, is tied to pier 7 and the Chewaucan was tied up to pier 5. (There was no pier 6). You can see how small we were when you check the height of the horizon behind the New Jersey's mast. The ship on the horizon above the New Jersey is the Mississippi (AG-128) (ex-BB-41).||Photo. i.d. courtesy of Dan DeCosta.
Photo and text courtesy of Larry Bohn.
|643k||20 May 1955 photo of the Wisconsin (BB-64) visits NYC for Armed Forces Day.||AP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)|
|416k||18 October 1955 photo of the Wisconsin (BB-64) being towed under the Manhattan Bridge by tugs after she ran aground on Diamond Rock at the Eastern tip of Manhattan today. She was en route from Bayonne N.J. shipyard to the Brooklyn Navy Yard when she got stuck. Tugs freed the vessel after 45 minutes.||International News Photo by Sam Goldstein, courtesy of David Buell.|
|187k||On 6 May 1956 the battleship collided with the destroyer Eaton (DD-510) in a heavy fog; Wisconsin (BB-64) put into Norfolk with extensive damage to her bow and, one week later, entered drydock at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. A novel expedient speeded her repairs and enabled the ship to carry out her scheduled midshipman training cruise that summer. A 120-ton, 68-foot long section of the bow of the uncompleted battle ship Kentucky (BB-66) was transported by barge, in one section, from New Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Newport News, Va., across Hampton Roads to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Working round-the clock, Wisconsin's ship's force and shipyard personnel completed the operation which grafted the new bow on the old battleship in a mere 16 days. On 28 June 1956, the ship was ready for sea.||USNI photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Text courtesy of DANFS.|
|116k||Eaton (DD-510) after meeting the Wisconsin (BB-64).||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|130k||The damaged Eaton (DD-510).||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|151k||The damaged deck of the Wisconsin (BB-64).||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|112k||Photo taken from the stern of the Chewaucan (AOG-50) tied up to pier 7 at NOB Norva. The Wisconsin (BB-64) is coming into Hampton roads en route to Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Va. after a collision with the Eaton (DD-510) on 6 May 1956.||Courtesy of Larry Bohn.|
|648k||The Wisconsin (BB-64) with the New Jersey (BB-62) in the background after a collision with the Eaton (DD-510) on 6 May 1956.||Photo courtesy of LTjg James Meredith via William S. Meredith.|
|646k||Twenty four photo PDF of the collision of the Wisconsin (BB-64) after a collision with the Eaton (DD-510) on 6 May 1956.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 10/26/14.
|118k||The Wisconsin's (BB-64) damaged bow is removed.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|137k||Mid 1950's photo of the Wisconsin (BB-64) probably somewhere off the east coast of the U.S.||USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|153k||The Wisconsin (BB-64) is shown at the International Naval Review, Hampton Roads, 12 June 1957. Note the heavy-weather fueling at sea king posts.||Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.|
|184k|| The Wisconsin (BB-64) preparing to get underway for the 1957 NATO Cruise "Strike Back". Date of the photos is 3, September 1957. The photo is from a slide taken by Glenn Herzenach, PNSN, from the flight deck of the carrier Intrepid (CV-11), 1957 to May 1958 at Hampton Roads, VA., |
The tug is Kasota (YTB-222).
|Courtesy of Robert Hall. Photo i.d. courtesy of Gary Priolo.|
|304k||A gig from the Wisconsin (BB-64) comes alongside as the ship is anchored October 1957 in Havana, Cuba.||Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
|161k||Wisconsin's (BB-64) days as an active fleet unit were numbered, and she prepared to make her last cruise. On 4 November 1957, she departed Norfolk with a large group of prominent guests on board. Reaching New York City on 6 November, the battleship disembarked her guests and, on the 8th, headed for Bayonne, N.J., to commence pre-inactivation overhaul. She is seen here in Hampton Roads, VA, in 1958.||Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
|767k||(5 November)LAST OF THE BATTLEWAGONS IN FAREWELL CEREMONY - This was the scene on the deck of the huge battleship at Pier 86, North River, today at the last battleship ceremony. The Wisconsin (BB-64), last of the battleships of the U.S. Navy to be withdrawn from active service, will join the other giant warships of her type in mothballs. She will go to Bayonne N.J. for deactivation.||AP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)|
|724k||Wisconsin (BB-64) in New York Harbor on 24 November 1957.||AP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)|
|437k||The last battleship on active duty, the Wisconsin (BB-64) is a solitary figure as she proceeds up New York Bay to her berth at Pier 86 after her final cruise from Norfolk VA.... for mothballing 8 November The N.Y. skyline looms in the background and over the Navy's "Big Muscle". Birds serve as an escort on the farewell journey.||International News Photo by Arthur Sasse, courtesy of David Buell.|
|423k||8 March 1958 caption reads: "Standing at the salute here in the foreground is Lt. (JG) Charles T. Denner of Alva, Oklahoma as he says goodbye to his home for the last 19 months, the Wisconsin (BB-64) at decommissioning ceremonies in Bayonne today. The battleship, last capital ship on active duty with the Navy, now goes into the Mothball Fleet....This is the first time since 1895 that the Navy has been without a ship of the line.||International News Photo courtesy of David Buell.|
|80k||Mothball Fleet, Bayonne N.J., August 1961. The stern of the New Jersey (BB-62) or Wisconsin (BB-64) is visible off the North Carolina's (BB-55) bow. The aircraft carrier ahead of her is the Franklin (CV-13).||Richard Leonhardt|
|187k||Wisconsin (BB-64) leaving Bayonne, N.J., enroute to Philadelphia Naval Yard, 17 August 1962.||USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Text courtesy of DANFS.|
|574k||Tugs push the Iowa class (BB-61 / 66) around. |
From pier: Iowa (BB-61),New Jersey (BB-62) & Wisconsin (BB-64)) at Philadelphia Naval Yard, 1962.
|USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|660k||Wisconsin (BB-64), New Jersey (BB-62) and Iowa (BB-61) at the Phila. Navy Yard in mothballs, April 1967.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|198k||Back to back, north Wisconsin (BB-64), south New Jersey (BB-62). Iowa (BB-61) by the pier at the Phila. Navy Yard in mothballs, April 1967.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|1.74k||Photo taken as New Jersey (BB-62) was pulled from the battleship nest at Philadelphia on 11 June 1967 to be reactivated for Viet Nam duty.
Note the Wisconsin (BB-64) in the background.
|USN photo submitted by David Buell.|
|142k||Iowa (BB-61) and Wisconsin (BB-64) in Dry Dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, circa 1970's. Note: The Shangri La (CV-38) is in the background.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel.|
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