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USS NORTH CAROLINA - CHARLOTTE (Armored Cruiser No. 12/CA 12)

CLASS - TENNESSEE
Displacement 14,500 Tons, Dimensions, 504' 5" (oa) x 72' 11" x 27' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 10"/40, 16 x 6"/50 22 x 3"/50, 12 x 3pdr, 2 x 1pdr, 4 x 21" tt.
Armor, 5" Belt, 9" Turrets, 4" Deck, 9" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 23,000 IHP; 2 Vertical, Inverted, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 22 Knots, Crew 859.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 01 March 1905 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA
Launched 06 OCT 1906
Commissioned 07 MAY 1908
Redesignated CA 12 in 1920
Renamed Charlotte on 07 JUN 1920
Decommissioned 18 FEB 1921
Stricken 15 JUL 1930
Fate: Sold for scrap 29 SEP 1930
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal w/ESCORT Clasp

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North Carolina
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Port bow view of USS North Carolina (Armored Cruiser No. 12) running trials on 6 January 1908. The ship, built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company will be commissioned on 7 May.

Historic New England Nathaniel L. Stebbins Collection, Photo No. PC047.02.4500.18416

Mike Green
North Carolina
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Port side view of USS North Carolina (Armored Cruiser No. 12) on 6 January 1908. Built at Newport News Ship Building and Drydock Company, the North Carolina will be commissioned on 7 May.

Historic New England Nathaniel L. Stebbins Collection, Photo No. PC047.02.4500.18406

Mike Green
North Carolina
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106k

Starboard side view off Camden NJ, October 1908. Note the ship's name in large lighted letters above the bridge.

USNHC Photo #44882

USNHC
North Carolina
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USS Montana (Armored Cruiser No. 13) (left) and USS North Carolina (Armored Cruiser No. 12) (right), moored at Norfolk Navy Yard on 26 October 1908. Note that Montana is still painted in her original White and Buff colors while the North Carolina has reverted back to Gray, as is the rest of the fleet.

Historic Norfolk Navy Yard Glass Plate Collection, #607

© Marcus W. Robbins - NNSY History Matters

The following 4 photos document the opening of Dry Dock #3 at the Norfolk Navy Yard on 8 December 1908 as presented on the NNSY History Matters blog
North Carolina
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Dry Dock #3 at Norfolk Navy Yard was officially opened on 8 December 1908 with the docking of USS North Carolina. As can be seen from this photo of her bow and the next, the length of the Dry Dock was barely sufficient for the task. The Dock was lengthened in 1910-1911.

Historic Norfolk Navy Yard Glass Plate Collection, #615

© Marcus W. Robbins - NNSY History Matters
North Carolina
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This photo, taken on 8 December 1908, shows the stern of the USS North Carolina and how close to the cofferdam it is. The Dock was lengthened in 1910-1911 to accomodate the larger class of ships being built. Note the two 3"/50 "Anti-Torpedo Boat" gun mounts visible in their sponsons on the gun deck

Historic Norfolk Navy Yard Glass Plate Collection, #616

© Marcus W. Robbins - NNSY History Matters
North Carolina
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Port bow view of USS North Carolina while in Dry Dock #3 on 9 December 1908. By the look of the ship, they are preparing to refloat her as there is no planking or other maintenance equipment visible.

Historic Norfolk Navy Yard Glass Plate Collection, #617

© Marcus W. Robbins - NNSY History Matters
North Carolina
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362k

Elevated starboard bow view of USS North Carolina while she rests in Dry Dock #3 at the Norfolk Navy Yard on 9 December 1908. By the look of the ship, they are preparing to refloat her as there is no planking or other maintenance equipment visible.

Historic Norfolk Navy Yard Glass Plate Collection, #618

© Marcus W. Robbins - NNSY History Matters
North Carolina
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Port visit to Southwest Harbor, Maine 16-22 August 1910.

Postcard Photo from the collection of Raymond Strout

Jonathan Eno
North Carolina
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184k Starboard bow view while underway, sometime after her formast was replaced with a "Cage" mast in 1911, location unknown. Mike Hughes
North Carolina
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North Carolina
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Colorized postcard of North Carolina, date and location unknown.

Published by the Valentine - Souvenir Co., New York

Tommy Trampp
North Carolina
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Port bow view while underway sometime after receiving her "Cage" mast in 1911, location unknown.

National Archives item #165-WW-335D-3

National Archives
North Carolina
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3 October 1911, Navy Yard, New York.

National Archives item #165-WW-335D-2

National Archives
North Carolina
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Port bow view while at anchor 12 October 1912 on the Hudson River during the annual Naval Review. Note the identification number ("4") suspended between the first and second stack. The unidentified battleship behind her has the number "5" suspended between her stacks. These numbers would be for the spectators to identify the ships.

National Archives item #165-WW-335D-4

National Archives
North Carolina
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With the USS North Carolina (Armored Cruiser No. 12) in the background, an AB-2 Flying boat is successfully catapulted off Navy Coal Barge No. 214 on 16 April 1915 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2011.003.004.011

Mike Green
North Carolina
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114k The USS North Carolina (Armored Cruiser No. 12) moored at Naval Aeronautic Station Pensacola, Florida in 1916.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.2008.104.001.184

Mike Green
North Carolina
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141k The USS North Carolina (Armored Cruiser No. 12) getting underway at Naval Aeronautic Station Pensacola, Florida in 1916. A good view of the cruiser's armament and the catapult configuration on the ship. An AB-3 Flying Boat is spotted on the catapult.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.2008.104.001.183

Mike Green
North Carolina
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184k Overhead view of the USS North Carolina (Armored Cruiser No. 12) looking aft, with the design of the catapult track and storage tracks shown.. The ship is moored at Naval Aeronautic Station Pensacola, Florida in 1916. On 5 November 1915, Lieutenant Commander Henry C. Mustin made the first catapult launching from aboard a ship off the North Carolina.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.2008.104.001.178

Mike Green
North Carolina
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221k USS North Carolina (Armored Cruiser No. 12) at anchor while launching a Curtiss Model F from the fixed catapult on the afterdeck, on 12 July 1916. George Gormly
North Carolina
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426k Undated WWI image of the armored cruiser USS North Carolina (Armored Cruiser No. 12) underway in wartime camouflage, location unknown. Robert Hurst
North Carolina 103k Starboard bow view while underway around 1918 wearing WWI camouflage (pattern N-73 design A). (Camo and date identified by Aryeh Wetherhorn) USN
North Carolina 114k Starboard view underway, 1919. Larry Bonn
Charlotte
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120k Seattle, Charlotte, and Missoula in Reserve at Bremerton, Washington sometime between 1919 and 1924. Chris Glaeser
Charlotte
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50k Missoula (center) with her sister ships Huron and Charlotte at Puget Sound Navy Yard sometime between 1927 and 1930, when they were sold for scrap in accordance with the provisions of the London Treaty for the limitation and reduction of naval armament. Tom

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Marshall, William Alexander, CAPT 1871 ADM 05/07/1908 - 05/15/1909
Boush, Clifford Joseph, CAPT 1876   05/15/1909 -
Kellogg, Frank Woodruff, CAPT 1879   10/05/1910 - 06.19.1911
Marsh, Charles Carlton, CAPT 1879   06/19/1911 - 05/21/1912
Hines, John. Fore, CDR 1892   05/21/1912 - 12/14/1912
Kellogg, Frank Woodruff, CAPT 1879   12/14/1912 - 1913
Oman, Joseph Wallace, CAPT 1896 RADM 1913 - 07/04/1914
Moffett, William Adger, CDR (temporary) 1890 ADM 07/04/1914 - 07/08/1914
Mustin, Henry Croskey (Rum), LCDR 1896   07/08/1914
Bristol, Mark Lambert, CAPT 1887 RADM 03/04/1916 - 01/03/1917
Tarrant, William Theodore, LCDR 1898 RADM 01/03/1917
McDougall, William Dugald, CAPT     01/25/1918
Welch, Leo Frances, CDR 1906   1919 - 03/19/1920
Perrill, Harlan Page, CAPT 1897   03/19/1920 - 02/18/1921

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS NORTH CAROLINA - CHARLOTTE (Armored Cruiser No. 12) History
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