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Photo # NH 60230:  USS Georgia. Photographed circa 1912

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-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Georgia (Battleship # 15, later BB-15), 1906-1923

USS Georgia, a 14,948-ton Virginia class battleship built at Bath, Maine, was commissioned in September 1906. She soon became a unit of the Atlantic Fleet, participating in routine operations and, in June 1907, in the Jamestown Exposition's naval review. The following month, while engaged in gunnery exercises, she suffered a turret accident that took the lives of ten of her crew. In December 1907, Georgia left Hampton Roads, Virginia, with other Atlantic Fleet battleships to begin the World cruise of the "Great White Fleet". She visited ports in the West Indies, South America, Mexico, the U.S. west coast, the western Pacific, Asia and the Mediterranean before returning to Hampton Roads in February 1909.

Georgia was updated after this voyage, receiving many improvements, including "cage" masts in place of her original "military" models. Her normal Atlantic Fleet activities were punctuated by a trans-Atlantic trip to Europe in 1910-11, a Naval Academy training cruise in mid-1913 and intervention operations in troubled Mexico and Haiti in 1914. While out of commission in 1916-17, Georgia served as receiving ship at Boston, Massachusetts.

Recommissioned in April 1917, Georgia was employed on training duties during most of the First World War, shifting to convoy escort missions in September 1918. Late in the year, she began six months' of transport service, bringing almost 6000 U.S. servicemen home from France in five voyages. In July 1919, the battleship transited the Panama Canal to join the Pacific Fleet. She was placed out of commission at Mare Island, California, in June 1920. Receiving the hull number BB-15 later in that month, Georgia remained inactive until November 1923, when she was sold for scrapping.

This page features selected views concerning USS Georgia (Battleship # 15, later BB-15).


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Photo #: NH 53720

USS Georgia
(Battleship # 15)

Making 17.707 knots on Run # 9 of her trials, 13 June 1906.
Note that her six-inch broadside guns have not yet been installed.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 73911

USS Georgia
(Battleship # 15)

Photographed by C.E. Waterman, 1907.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 73KB; 900 x 325 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 53722

USS Georgia
(Battleship # 15)

Off Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19 June 1909, after modernization with "cage" masts.
Photographed by William H. Rau.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 112KB; 740 x 620 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 60230

USS Georgia
(Battleship # 15)

Photographed circa 1912, probably in New York harbor.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 53723

USS Georgia
(Battleship # 15)

Dressed with flags and with crew members manning the rails, during the Naval Review in New York Harbor, October 1912.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 72KB; 740 x 535 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 67665

USS Georgia
(Battleship # 15)

Photographed circa 1919.

Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 65KB; 740 x 495 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 45052

Pacific Fleet Battleships


Tied up at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, in the Spring of 1920.
Ships are (from left-center foreground to right-center distance):
USS Georgia (Battleship # 15);
USS Rhode Island (Battleship # 17);
USS Vermont (Battleship # 20) and
USS Nebraska (Battleship # 14).

Donation of Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN(MC), 1932.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 95663

USS Georgia
(Battleship # 15)

Ship's officers and crewmen posed on her forecastle, forward gun turret and superstructure, during the Jamestown Exposition, 1907.

Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photograph Collection, 1985.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 87KB; 740 x 445 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 101469

USS Georgia
(Battleship # 15)

Ship's after "superposed" 12"/40 and 8"/45 gun turret, where an explosion in the 8" (upper) level on 15 July 1907 took the lives of ten crewmen.
The photograph was probably taken during the months following the accident.

Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 57KB; 740 x 445 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 101472

USS Georgia
(Battleship # 15)

View looking forward from the stern, showing the ship's after 12"/40 and 8"/45 "superposed" gun turret and her mainmast, circa 1907-08.
Note heavy coal smoke issuing from her stacks.

Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 87KB; 440 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 101483

Straits of Magellan, Chile


U.S. Atlantic Fleet battleships entering the straits en route to the Pacific, circa 7-8 February 1908, during the World cruise of the "Great White Fleet".
Photographed from the afterdeck of USS Georgia (Battleship # 15). Note her quarterdeck whaleboat, on davits in left center, and "dotter" gunnery practice aiming device at right.

Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 95KB; 740 x 450 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 60219

USS Georgia
(Battleship # 15)

View looking down from the foremast during coaling, at the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, circa 1919.
Note: Georgia's port 8"/45 gun turret and coal barges alongside the battleship with crewmen bagging coal to be hoisted on board.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 164KB; 520 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105417

USS Georgia
(Battleship # 15))

Troops of the 32nd (Division ?) coming on board the ship at Brest, France, for passage home to the United States, 1919. They are disembarking from a steam lighter, which is either Nenette or Rin Tin Tin.
The original image is printed on postcard ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 102KB; 740 x 460 pixels

 


If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."


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Page made 31 August 2001
Link added 5 May 2007