Battleships Pre 1906

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American battleships before 1906.
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Name Launch Date Fate
USS Texas 28th June 1892 Decommissioned and renamed San Marcos in February 1911, she was used for target practice in 1911 & 1912.
 
USS Maine 18th November 1889 The ship blew up in Havana harbour. Initially thought to have been because of a mine, but more likely due to decomposing propellant.

Indiana Class                           Click Here

BB1   USS Indiana 28th June 1892 Used as a target and sunk in 1920.
BB2   USS Massachusetts 10th June 1893 Used as a target and scuttled in 1921.
BB3   USS Oregon 26th October 1893 Used as a memorial from 1925-1942. Originally to be broken up in 1942 she was first used as an ammunition hulk for the invasion of Guam. Sold for scrap in 1956.
 
BB4     USS Iowa 28th March 1896 Used as a remote controlled target and sunk in 1923.
Kearsarge Class                           Click Here
BB5    USS Kearsarge 24th March 1898 Converted to be a crane ship in 1920 and renamed Crane Ship No.1 in November 1941. Sold for scrap in 1955.
BB 6   USS Kentucky 24th March 1898 Sold for scrap in 1923.

   Illinois Class 1898                View Class

BB7    USS Illinois 4th October 1898 Used as an armoury and an accommodation ship until sold for scrap in 1956. Renamed Prairie State in 1941.
BB8    USS Alabama 18th May 1898 Used as a target and sunk in 1921.
BB9    USS Wisconsin 26th November 1898 Sold for scrap in 1922.

Maine Class 1901                View Class

BB10   USS Maine 27th July 1901 Sold for scrap in 1922.
BB 11   USS Missouri 28th December 1901 Sold for scrap in 1922.
BB12    USS Ohio 18th May 1901 Sold for scrap in 1922.

Virginia Class 1904                View Class

BB13    USS Virginia 5th April 1904 Used as a target and sunk in 1923.
BB14   USS Nebraska 7th April 1904 Sold for scrap in 1923.
BB15   USS Georgia 11th October 1904 Sold for scrap in 1923.
BB16   USS New Jersey 10th November 1904 Saw service off Cuba in 1907 and landed marines at Vera Cruz during in 1914. Used as a target and sunk in 1923.
BB17   USS Rhode Island 17th May 1904 Sold for scrap in 1923.

Connecticut Class 1904                View Class

BB18   USS Connecticut 29th September 1904 Landed marines at Vera Cruz during in 1914. Sold for scrap in 1923.
BB19   USS Louisiana 27th August 1904 Landed marines at Vera Cruz during in 1914. Sold for scrap in 1923.

Vermont Class                 View Class

BB20   USS Vermont 31st August 1905 Landed marines at Vera Cruz during in 1914. Sold for scrap in 1923.
BB21   USS Kansas 12th August 1905 Sold for scrap in 1923.
BB22   USS Minnesota 8th April 1905 Landed marines at Vera Cruz during in 1914. Sold for scrap in 1924.
BB25    USS New Hampshire 30th June 1906 Landed marines at Vera Cruz during in 1914. Sold for scrap in 1923.

Mississippi Class 1905               View Class

BB23    USS Mississippi 30th September 1905 Landed marines at Vera Cruz during in 1914. Transferred to Greece on 30th July 1914.
BB24     USS Idaho 9th December 1905 Transferred to Greece on 30th July 1914.
 

Target Practice on board an early American battleship.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PUB141

The Crew of a US Battleship