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USS WEST VIRGINIA/HUNTINGTON (Armored Cruiser No. 5/CA 5)

CLASS - PENNSYLVANIA
Displacement 13,680 Tons, Dimensions, 503' 11" (oa) x 69' 7" x 26' 6" (Max)
Armament 4 x 8"/40, 14 x 6"/50 18 x 3"/50, 12 x 3pdr, 2 x 1pdr, 2 x 18" tt.
Armor, 6" Belt, 6 1/2" Turrets, 4" Deck, 9" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 23,000 IHP; 2 Vertical, Inverted, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 22 Knots, Crew 830.
Operational and Building Data
Launched 18 April 1903 by Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, VA
Commissioned 23 FEB 1905
Renamed Huntington 11 NOV 1916
Reclassified CA 5 in 1920
Decommissioned 1 SEB 1920
Stricken 12 MAR 1930
Fate: Sold for scrap 30 AUG 1930

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Photo Caption:

"A FLOCK OF UNCLE SAM'S PEACE DOVES AT THE BROOKLYN NAVY-YARD

The work of preparing the warships for their 13,000-mile voyage into the Pacific, and of keeping of all other vessels in the highest state of efficiency, is being prosecuted with all possible dispatchat all of the United States Naval Stations."

In the photo - Battleship INDIANA (upper left), Armored Cruiser PENNSYLVANIA (middle left), Armored Curiser COLORADO (top center), Battleship ALABAMA (Center), Armored Cruiser MARYLAND (left), and Armored Cruiser WEST VIRGINIA (foreground).

Library of Congress Reproduction Number LC-USZ62-66021

Tom Kermen

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3.1m News article about a "the Big Four" cruiser squadron visit from the September 17, 1907 edition of the Hawaiian Gazette. Michael Mohl

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Stereoview of USS West Virginia dated 19 December 1907. Tommy R. Trampp
Huntington
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233k USS West Virginia (Armored Cruiser No. 5) date and place unknown. This photo from a collection called "California's Reception to the Fleet 1908". Darryl Baker
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Starboard broadside image of the USS West Virginia (Armored Cruiser No. 5) at anchor ca. 1905 at an unknown location.

Library of Congress, LC-D4-21845

Mike Green
Huntington 72k At anchor, circa 1908. She is flying a Rear Admiral's flag from her mainmast peak, and carries her name in large letters above her pilothouse.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 43749.

Naval Historical Center
Frederick
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63k USS Stewart (Torpedo Boat Destroyer # 13) underway in Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii Territory, circa 1908. Large ships in the background are USS West Virginia (Armored Cruiser No. 5), at left, and USS Maryland (Armored Cruiser No. 8). Note the "Carbon Velox" marking, identifying the type of Kodak photographic paper used.

Donation of Rear Admiral Ammen Farneholt, USN (Medical Corps), 1932.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 60326.

Naval Historical Center
Huntington
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The USS West Virginia (Armored Cruiser No. 5) arrives at Mare Island in May 1908. The USS Ohio (BB 12) is in the foreground to the right.

U.S. Navy Photograph

Darryl Baker
Huntington 78k USS West Virginia shown prior to installation of cage mast at Mare Island in 1910. Actual date and placed unknown. Darryl L. Baker
Huntington 152k USS West Virginia shown at Mare Island on October 22, 1910 after installation of caged masts. Darryl L. Baker
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The USS Huntington (Armored Cruiser No. 5) dry-docked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard circa 1914.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo #1998.120.001

Mike Green
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59k Pitching her forefoot out of the water while steaming through heavy seas, circa 1916. Note the water streaming from her hull gun casemates and top of her side armor. Photographed by Wilkinson. Collection of Chief Warrant Officer J.B. Dofflemeyer, 1972.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 83128.

Naval Historical Center
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USS Huntington (CA 5) sits in the Brooklyn Navy yard Dry-Dock, date unknown.

Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum

BIll Gonyo
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61k In a harbor, probably on the Pacific Coast, circa 1916. This ship was renamed Huntington in November of that year. The original image was printed on postal card ("AZO") stock. Collection of Thomas P. Naughton, 1973.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 92173.

Naval Historical Center
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78k USS Huntington (CA 5) anchored at Pensacola, FL in 1917, putting aloft a rather under-inflated Kite balloon. Note the long stabilizing tail on the balloon. Robert Hurst
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Seaplane on catapult of USS Huntington during summer of 1917 in vicinity of Pensacola, FL

Photo courtesy of: State Archives of Florida

CTRC Donald J. "Wag" Wagner, USN (Ret.)
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Martin Thomas seaplane on fire on the ship's catapult, 7 June 1917. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103800.

Robert Hurst
Huntington 221k Seen here on 25 June 1917, good overhead showing the expermental catapult she tested. USN
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Catapulting a Curtiss "F" type flying boat while underway, 25 June 1917.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 44221-A.

Naval Historical Center
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46k Underway at sea while escorting a troopship convoy in 1918. She is painted in pattern camouflage. Donation of John Shaw, via Captain Jules James, USN, 1939.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 44910.

Naval Historical Center
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Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in 1918, while the ship was painted in pattern camouflage.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 41797.

Robert Hurst
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Underway at sea, 1918. Probably photographed from USS Mercury (ID # 3012). Note her pattern camouflage, large wave breaking over her bow and coal smoke issuing from her funnels. Courtesy of James Russell, 1980.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103792.

Robert Hurst
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Underway at sea, 1918. Probably photographed from USS Mercury (ID # 3012). Note her pattern camouflage. Courtesy of James Russell, 1980.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103793.

Robert Hurst
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Steaming with a troopship convoy, 1918. Though identified on the original print as USS Frederick (ACR 8), the camouflage pattern worn by this ship marks her as Huntington. Collection of George K. Beach.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103848.

Robert Hurst
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In a harbor in 1918. Note her pattern camouflage, and that of the two freighters in the right and left distance. Collection of Arthur J. Rozett.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103797.

Robert Hurst
Huntington 125k Port View, 1919. Showing cage masts installed 1911 and catapult removed. Larry Bonn
Huntington 28k The USS Huntington (CA 5) is seen in a 1919 photo, loaded with troops being returned home to the United States. USN
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63k "Bucking the big ones": steaming through heavy seas while transporting troops home from France, 1919. Courtesy of Lieutenant Commander Ellis M. Zacharias, USN, 1931.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46895.

Naval Historical Center
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Raised bow view, port side of the S-2 (SS 106) at her dock trials at the Navy Yard, Portsmouth New Hampshire, June 4th, 1921. The S-10 (SS 115) is pictured inboard. Further inboard is the armored cruiser Huntington (CA 5). She had been decommissioned on 1 Sept. 1920.

US Navy photo # 19-N-7607, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Daniel Dunham.

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Arnold, Conway Hillyer, CAPT   02/23/1905 - 02/1907
Milton, John Brown, CAPT RADM 02/1907 - 1907
Staunton, Sidney Augustus, CAPT RADM 1907
Orchard, John Madison, CAPT   07/06/1908
Dayton, John Havens, CAPT VADM Unknown
Halstead, Alexander Seaman, CAPT RADM 08/04/1911
Keeler, John Robinson, CAPT   ~1917

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


USS WEST VIRGINIA/HUNTINGTON (Armored Cruiser No. 5/CA 5) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

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