Ships to Sea
At the beginning of the 20th century, battleships were the largest ships in the Navy's fleet.
Covered with steel armor, battleships carried the Navy's heaviest guns and were designed to fight other ships. With crews of approximately 1,000 sailors and marines, battleships were the largest ship-board communities.
President Theodore Roosevelt sent a fleet of battleships around the world in 1907 to show off the great strength and size of these vessels.