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USS SOUTH DAKOTA/HURON (Armored Cruiser/CA 9)

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 21 JUL 1904 by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA.
Commissioned 27 JAN 1908
Renamed HURON on 07 JUN 1920
Redesignated CA 9 on 17 JUL 1920
Decommissioned 17 JUN 1927
Stricken 15 NOV 1929
Fate: Sold for scrap on 11 February 1930 in accordance with the London Naval Treaty.
Subsequently sold to the Powell River Co., British Columbia, Canada to be used as a breakwater.
More information can be found at http://freepages.military.rootsweb.com/~cacunithistories/USS_South_Dakota.html.
(Fate information provided by Chris Vallery and David Chessum)

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South Dakota 37k Starboard Bow . Fitzhugh MacCrae
South Dakota 37k Port Bow view, location and date unkown. Chuck Munson
South Dakota 227k Port Bow view at anchor, location and date unkown. Darryl Baker
South Dakota 143k USS Ohio (BB 12), USS California (Armored Cruiser No. 6) and USS South Dakota (Armored Cruiser No. 9) between May 1908 and July 1908 at Mare Island Navy Yard while assigned to the Great White Fleet. The cruisers are moored next to the yard's coal sheds. Note the coal handling equipment installed by the Brown Hoisting Machinery Company in 1904 seen above the coal sheds. Darryl Baker
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Bow view of USS South Dakota (Armored Cruiser No. 9) entering dry dock #2 at Mare Island on March 14, 1910.

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Darryl Baker
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Color version of the bow view of USS South Dakota (Armored Cruiser No. 9) entering dry dock #2 at Mare Island on March 14, 1910.

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Darryl Baker
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Stern view of USS South Dakota (Armored Cruiser No. 9) in dry dock #2 at Mare Island on March 15, 1910. South Dakota was the first ship to dock in dry dock #2.

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Bow view of USS South Dakota (Armored Cruiser No.9) in dry dock #2 at Mare Island on March 15, 1910. South Dakota was the first ship to dock in dry dock #2.

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Darryl Baker
South Dakota 328k USS South Dakota (Armored Cruiser No. 9) at Mare Island Navy Yard circa Jan 1913. The collier USS Justin is behind and to the right of South Dakota and USS Annapolis (PG 10) is outboard of the Justin. Justin and Annapolis are at the yard's coal station. A rare image of the shipyard's stiff-leggd derrick with her steam driven winch is to the left of South Dakota. Darryl Baker
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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 wers 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 Final Rank Dates
Fox, Charles Erben, CAPT RADM 01/27/1908 - 11/15/1908
Stickney, Herman Osman, LCDR RADM 11/15/1908 - 12/21/1908
Smith, James Thorn, CAPT   12/21/1908 - 09/28/1910
Bennett, Frank Marion, CAPT   09/28/1910 -
Allen, David Van Horn, CDR   12/17/1912 -
Plunkett, Charles Peshall, CAPT RADM 01/06/1913 - 12/30/1913
Decommissioned   12/30/1913 - 04/17/1914
Gilmer, William Wirt, CAPT   04/17/1914 - 07/14/1915
Tozer, Charles Maxson, LCDR   07/14/1915 - 12/06/1916
Bristol, Mark Lambert, CAPT RADM 12/06/1916 - 01/04/1917
MacArthur III, Arthur, CDR   01/04/1917 - 12/06/1917
Cook, Harold Earle, CDR   12/06/1917 - 07/25/1917
Doyle, Stafford Henry Rahall (Stiffy) CAPT   07/25/1917 - 03/02/1918
Luby, John McClane, CAPT RADM 03/02/1918 - 06/05/1920
Cone, Hutchinson Ingham, CAPT RADM 06/05/1920 - 02/10/1922
Stearns, Clark Daniel, CAPT   02/10/1922 - 08/24/1923
Kimberly, Victor Ashfield, CAPT   08/24/1923 - 10/17/1925
Williams, Yancey Sullivan, CAPT RADM 10/17/1925 - 06/17/1927

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


USS SOUTH DAKOTA/HURON Armored Cruiser/CA 9 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

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