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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: Nan - Sugar - Xray
(Courtesy of John Spivey)

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
(Fate information provided by Chris Vallery and David Chessum)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal
Second Row - Mexican Service Medal - World War I Victory Medal w/PATROL Clasp - Yangtze Service Medal

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South Dakota 37k Starboard Bow . Fitzhugh MacCrae
South Dakota 37k Port Bow view, location and date unknown. Chuck Munson
South Dakota 227k Port Bow view at anchor, location and date unknown. Darryl Baker
South Dakota

Starboard side view of USS Huron anchored at an unknown location sometime after her redesignation as CA 9 on 17 July 1920.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #108808
Mike Green
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
South Dakota

Bow view of USS South Dakota (Armored Cruiser No. 9) entering dry dock #2 at Mare Island on March 14, 1910.

U.S. Navy Photograph

Tommy Trampp
South Dakota

Bow view of USS South Dakota (Armored Cruiser No. 9) entering dry dock #2 at Mare Island on March 14, 1910.

U.S. Navy Photograph

Darryl Baker
South Dakota

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.

Postcard of U.S. Navy Photograph

Darryl Baker
South Dakota

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.

U.S. Navy Photograph

Darryl Baker
South Dakota

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.

U.S. Navy Photograph

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
South Dakota

Starboard bow view while underway at Mare Island, California on 1 April 1916.

National Archives item #165-WW-335D-15

National Archives
South Dakota

USS South Dakota (CA 9) en route to the Asiatic station in the Panama Canal, circa 1919. Gleaves Collection, Naval Historical Foundation, 1975.

Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo #NH 83555

Mike Green
South Dakota

USS Huron (CA 9) tied to mooring buoy, 3 November 1923, location unknown.

Photo courtesy Conway Picture Library.

Robert Hurst
South Dakota
691k The French Cruiser Jules Michilet (left), USS Huron (CA 9) (center), and the Japanese Cruiser Shoho (right) moored in the Whangpoo river, Shanghai, China, 1925. From the collection of the Museum of Military History. Frederick J. Moisson
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
Fox, Charles Erben, CAPT 1872 RADM 01/27/1908 - 11/15/1908
Stickney, Herman Osman, LCDR 1888 RADM 11/15/1908 - 12/21/1908
Smith, James Thorn, CAPT 1875   12/21/1908 - 09/28/1910
Bennett, Frank Marion, CAPT 1879   09/28/1910 -
Allen, David Van Horn, CDR 1892   12/17/1912 -
Plunkett, Charles Peshall, CAPT 1884 RADM 01/06/1913 - 12/30/1913
Decommissioned     12/30/1913 - 04/17/1914
Gilmer, William Wirt, CAPT 1885   04/17/1914 - 07/14/1915
Tozer, Charles Maxson, LCDR 1896   07/14/1915 - 12/06/1916
Bristol, Mark Lambert, CAPT 1887 RADM 12/06/1916 - 01/04/1917
MacArthur Jr, Arthur, CDR 1896   01/04/1917 - 12/06/1917
Cook, Harold Earle, CDR 1901   12/06/1917 - 07/25/1917
Doyle, Stafford Henry Rahall (Stiffy) CAPT 1900   07/25/1917 - 03/02/1918
Luby, John McClane, CAPT 1894 RADM 03/02/1918 - 06/05/1920
Cone, Hutchinson Ingham, CAPT 1894 RADM 06/05/1920 - 02/10/1922
Stearns, Clark Daniel, CAPT 1891   02/10/1922 - 08/24/1923
Kimberly, Victor Ashfield, CAPT 1899   08/24/1923 - 10/17/1925
Williams, Yancey Sullivan, CAPT 1898 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.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Not Applicable To This Ship

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Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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