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Photo # NH 553:  USS Connecticut running trials, 1906

Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Connecticut (Battleship # 18, later BB-18), 1906-1923

USS Connecticut, lead ship of a class of six 16,000-ton battleships, was built at the New York Navy Yard. Commissioned in September 1906, she became flagship of the Atlantic Fleet in April 1907 and retained that role for some five years. During the rest of 1907, Connecticut took part in the Jamestown Tri-Centennial celebration and participated in fleet exercises. In December, she led the Atlantic Fleet's battleships out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, beginning a historic cruise around the World that lasted until February 1909.

Upon her return to the United States, Connecticut was modernized, receiving new "cage" masts, grey paint and numerous other alterations. Thereafter, she mainly conducted routine operations in the western Atlantic and Caribbean. However, in 1910-11 and in 1913 the battleship crossed the Atlantic to visit European waters. During World War I, Connecticut was employed as a training ship off the U.S. east coast and in the Chesapeake Bay. In the first half of 1919, she served as a transport, making four trans-Atlantic voyages to bring home veterans from France.

In 1920, the year she was given the hull number BB-18, Connecticut made a training cruise through the Panama Canal to the west coast. She made another training voyage in 1921, this time to Europe, then transfered to the Pacific Fleet. USS Connecticut decommissioned at the Puget Sound Navy Yard in March 1923 and was sold for scrapping in November of that year.

This page features selected views concerning USS Connecticut (Battleship # 18, later BB-18).


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Photo #: NH 553

USS Connecticut (BB-18)


Running speed trials off the Maine coast, 1906.
Photographed by Enrique Muller. Note sailors crowding the rails, watching the photographer's boat, which is about to be swamped by the battleship's bow wave.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 117KB; 740 x 620 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 73318

USS Connecticut
(Battleship # 18)

Probably in San Diego harbor, California, in 1908.
Photographed by Fred W. Kelsey.

Courtesy of R.W. Cunningham, 1971.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 88KB; 740 x 530 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 61208

USS Connecticut
(Battleship # 18)

Underway, circa 1909-14.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 81KB; 740 x 510 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 2325

USS Connecticut
(Battleship # 18)

Dressed with flags while at anchor in the Hudson River, off New York City, prior to World War I. The occasion may be the Fleet Review of October 1911.
Steam launch at left is from USS Washington (Armored Cruiser # 11).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 87KB; 740 x 570 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 55339

USS Connecticut
(Battleship # 18)

Photographed about 1920.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 88KB; 740 x 590 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 55335

USS Connecticut
(Battleship # 18)

The National Ensign is raised during commissioning ceremonies on the new battleship's after deck, at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, 29 September 1906.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 118KB; 740 x 595 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 100349

USS Connecticut
(Battleship # 18)

Leading the Atlantic Fleet's battleships out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, probably at the start of the "Great White Fleet" cruise around the World in December 1907.
Photo printed on a stereograph card, copyrighted by Underwood & Underwood.

Donation of Louis Smaus, 1985

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 85KB; 635 x 675 pixels

A stereo pair version of this image is available as Photo # NH 100349-A

Online Image of stereo pair: 60KB; 675 x 350 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 60991

USS Connecticut
(Battleship # 18)

Crewmen of one of the ship's seven-inch broadside guns pose with their target, following gunnery practice during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise, 1908.

Collection of Lieutenant Commander Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN, 1928.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 125KB; 740 x 605 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 42757

USS Connecticut
(Battleship # 18)

Fourth of July sports on the quarterdeck, while underway in the Pacific during the "Great White Fleet"cruise around the World, 1908. Other battleships are visible astern, steaming in column.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 92KB; 450 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 1836

President Theodore Roosevelt

(standing on 12" gun turret at right)

Addresses officers and crewmen on the after deck of USS Connecticut (Battleship # 18), in Hampton Roads, Virginia, upon her return from the Atlantic Fleet's cruise around the World, 22 February 1909.

Collection of Lieutenant Commander Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN, 1926.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 139KB; 740 x 610 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 63640

USS Connecticut
(Battleship # 18)

Firing a gun of her after starboard eight-inch turret, during battle practice in 1913. The 12"/45 guns of the battleship's after turret are in the foreground.
Photographed by Enrique Muller.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 51KB; 740 x 460 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104704

Lighter Rin Tin Tin
(1918-1932)

Alongside USS Connecticut (Battleship # 18), transferring U.S. troops to be transported home from France, 1919.
Note the motor launch on Connecticut's deck.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 76KB; 740 x 460 pixels

 


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Page made 4 July 2001
New image and link added 14 April 2007